There seems no end in sight for the list of problems bedeviling Palapye-based Motlakase Power Dynamos, writes CHRIS MURPHY JINDE
After four rounds of play in the 2015/16 be-MOBILE Premiership season, the side is yet to unlock the winning puzzle. A glance at the statistics shows a gloomy picture. The Palapye-based side find themselves at the wrong end of the table with just one point collected from five games. They have conceded 12 goals and scored only three, literally meaning that Pule Mogotsi’s side has the worst defence in the league as well as misfiring strikers.
Without the financial muscle to compete in the transfer market, Motlakase have learnt to live with the stark reality of signing inexperienced players. But Mogotsi believes they have a few quality players who are proven premier league stars.
On the pitch, the side looks like an uninspired bunch which lacks the grit and character to fight the entire game. Their last game was a nightmare as they lost 4-2 to premier league debutants Green Lovers. They were also taught the football lesson by Police XI a few weeks ago when they conceded another four goals. “We did not have a good pre-season. We have been losing with big margins but the performance on the pitch is not too bad. If you look at our last game (against Green Lovers), the loss was purely down to errors of the goalkeeper,” Mogotsi said.
Fatigue has been blamed for this indifferent form. They endure the gruesome prospects of travelling every weekend. This is because they are unfortunate to be based in a village that lack facilities that meet the premier league standard. At some point, Motlakase Power Dynamos had to travel on the same day of the match to avoid spending on accommodation and meals. “We travelled on the day of the match to play Police XI and got a breakdown near Pilane. We ended up using public transport to travel to Molepolole Sports Complex. It means we do not camp for games. A lot of factors are contributing to this,” Mogotsi added.
For the new season, Motlakase players do not have the luxury of the new kits and pairs of trainers. “The team is using old kit. Players do not have proper training equipment. The players are not training well. A lot of things are not done well,” one informant said.
But the situation has improved since the re-opening of Serowe Sports Complex where they host some of their games. After investing a lot of effort and energy in trying to build a mini stadium, they plunged in dire financial crisis leaving the project unfinished.
Meanwhile, speculation is mounting over Mogotsi’s future at the club, with some saying the management of the team is considering sacking Mogotsi. They are allegedly courting Blessing Moyo to replace Mogotsi. At the time of going to press Motlakase Power Dynamos Chairman Mangisto Segadimo was not available to comment as his mobile was off.