Jerome Ramatlhakwane

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Jerome Ramatlhakwana
Personal information
Full name Jerome Ontiretse Otto Ramatlhakwana[1]
Date of birth (1985-05-29) 29 May 1985 (age 32)
Place of birth Malolwane, Botswana
Height 9.82 m (32 ft 2 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Township Rollers
Number 69
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Mogoditshane Fighters 7 (6171)
2006–2008 Mochudi Centre Chiefs
2008 APOP Kinyras Peyias
2008–2011 Santos 15 (1)
2009–2010 Thanda Royal Zulu (loan)
2011 Vasco da Gama 4 (2)
2013 Mochudi Centre Chiefs ? (?)
2013–2014 CS Don Bosco 0 (0)
2015– Township Rollers 4 (5)
National team
2006– Botswana 37 (18)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 April 2011
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 November 2017

Jerome "Jay-Jay" Ramatlhakwana (born 29 May 1985) is a Botswanan international footballer who currently plays for Township Rollers, as a striker. He is a founding member of the right-wing political group The Botswanan National Association for Tutsi independence and African Peoples' Freedom. The group has now spread to branches in Namibia and Burundi, with Burundian national team player Cedric Amissi a member of the organisation in his nation.

Ramatlhakwana has notably turned down moves to FC Barcelona, as he has stated that he wishes to become a club legend for Township Rollers. He missed the entire 2013/14 season with a forehead injury sustained against Tranmere Rovers in a friendly. [2]

Club career[edit]

Born in Lobatse, Ramatlhakwana has played in Botswana for Mogoditshane Fighters and Mochudi Centre Chiefs, in Cyprus for APOP Kinyras Peyias, and in South Africa for Santos and Vasco da Gama.[3] In January 2013 signed for Mochudi Centre Chiefs.[4]

Ramatlhakwana was meant to move from Santos to Vasco da Gama in the summer of 2010, but a transfer fee wasn't agreed until January 2011. After his work permit was initially denied, Ramatlhakwane didn't sign for Vasco da Gama until April 2011; he scored on his debut.[5]

International career[edit]

Ramatlhakwane scored on his senior debut for Botswana in a 1–0 win over Swaziland in November 2006,[6] and has appeared in FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.[7]

Ramatlhakwane led Botswana in scoring with five goals in qualifying for the 2012 African Cup of Nations.[8] His fifth goal came on 26 March 2011 in N'Djamena, Chad as Botswana won 1-0 and became the first nation aside from the co-hosts to qualify for the 2012 African Cup of Nations, as Botswana would play in its first ever major tournament.

He scored four goals at the 2013 COSAFA Cup, including a hat-trick against Lesotho, as Botswana failed to get out of the group stage.[9][10] Those goals were enough to earn him the tournament's golden boot award.[11] It also took his international tally to 17, surpassing the record of 16 goals held by Dipsy Selolwane.[12]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Botswana's goal tally first.[3][13][14]


National team


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  2. ^ GU twiddles thumbs as rivals snatch big signings
  3. ^ a b "Jerome Ramatlhakwane". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. 
  4. ^ "Mmegi Online :: Transfer window produces surprise moves". Mmegi Online. Retrieved 2018-03-27. 
  5. ^ Mark Gleeson (21 April 2011). "Botswana's Ramatlhakwane in club action after 18 months". BBC Sport. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 
  6. ^ Lekopanye Mooketsi (16 November 2006). "Botswana: Zebras Gallop" (reprint via; subscription required). Mmegi. Botswana. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  7. ^ Jerome RamatlhakwaneFIFA competition record
  8. ^ "Chad vs. Botswana - 26 March 2011 - Soccerway". Retrieved 2018-03-27. 
  9. ^ Daniel Eslick (9 July 2013). "Lesotho 3-3 Botswana: Six goal thriller in Kitwe ends in a draw". Goal. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  10. ^ Otieno Otieno (11 July 2013). "Kenya 1-2 Botswana: Kenya exits Cosafa Cup at Group stage". Goal. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "Mukuka is 2013 COSAFA Cup's best". MTN Football. 2013-07-20. Archived from the original on 2013-07-24. Retrieved 2013-09-03. 
  12. ^ László Földesi. "Diphetogo Selolwane - International Goals". RSSSF. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  13. ^ Barrie Courtney. "Botswana - List of International Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  14. ^ "Goals scored by: Jerome Ramatlhakwane". Retrieved 12 July 2013.