Tuesday Jul 19, 2016. 09:51
Instead of being ecstatic about his move to Highlands Park, new signing Lebogang Ditsele has told AfricanFootball.com that he is disappointed a proposed move to Europe failed to materialize.
Ditsele was one of 12 new signings unveiled by the club on Monday morning with Lions of the North chairman Larry Brookstone reserving special praise for the Botswana international.
Highlands Park scouted the 20-year-old at the recent Cosafa Castle Cup tournament in Namibia with the midfielder making a clear impression on the club's hierarchy.
Ditsele started off by saying that he was happy with the move, adding that several Premier Soccer League clubs were interested in acquiring his services.
"I am so happy, Highlands saw me at the Cosafa Cup - that is where I proved that I am ready to move to the PSL. There were so many teams that wanted me in the PSL, but I have taken the decision to join Highlands Park.
"There were so many teams interested, but they didn't talk to me - they [teams] talked to my agent Paul [Mitchell from Siyavuma].
The former Letlapeng FC, Jwaneng Galaxy, Gilport Lions and Township Rollers midfielder then dropped a bombshell, claiming that Popa-Popa denied him a chance to further his trial in Belgium.
According to Ditsele he spent some time at KV Kortrijk - the same club as Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Darren Keet. He now hopes to prove himself in the Absa Premiership for the Tembisa-based outfit before making a return to Europe, this time on a permanent basis.
"I am not that excited...
"Because I was in Belgium last year, I had a trial there for three months. I should have been there, but Township Rollers refused that I go there. I was at KV Kortrijk with Darren Keet," Ditsele revealed.
"My dream is to play in Europe, in the German Bundesliga or in the English Premier League. Maybe if I do well here I will be able to move [abroad]."
Ditsele joins an illustrious list of Botswana internationals to ply their trade in South Africa, following in the footsteps of Joel Mogorosi, Mogogi Gabonamong, Mogakolodi Ngele and Dipsy Selolwane among others.