Limping Chiefs face Rollers

SHARE   |   Wednesday, 20 July 2016   |   By Staff Writer
Lesego Galenamotlhale [L] and Maano Ditshupo going for the ball during a match between Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Township Rollers Lesego Galenamotlhale [L] and Maano Ditshupo going for the ball during a match between Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Township Rollers

With local football administrators working round the clock to put to rest the issue surrounding the 2015/2016 beMOBILE Premier League championship, Mochudi Centre Chiefs have already raised concerns about the expected play-off. The troubled Kgatleng side questions the modality of the game to be played on the 23rd July, 2016 at Francistown stadium. The date comes following several consultations with relevant stakeholders for the long awaited title decider against Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Township Rollers to be played. Even though the game is expected to decide this year’s league champions and bring to an end the prolonged brawl, Centre Chiefs have already shown displeasure in this game going forward. The Kgatleng side which seems to be a little under fire is complaining and questioning the modality of the game.

Centre Chiefs spokesperson Clifford Mogomotsi said there are a couple of issues to look at before taking the game could be played.  Mogomotsi raised a concern on how the play-off will be played since some of the players they had are no longer with them. Reports have it that a number of Mochudi centre Chiefs players’ contracts have expired at the end of at the end of June. Some have since not been renewed while some players have transferred. “At the moment we do not have a team that we will play the game with,” said Mogomotsi as he confirmed that indeed most of the players’ contracts have ended. The other issue that he brought up is that of coach. He said coach has left the team and he wondered how it will work out for them. Mike Sithole has left the team and has signed a new contract with Jwaneng Galaxy.

Another player who left the club is said to be Lemponye Tshireletso who is on the way to rivals Township Rollers. The Kgatleng outfit also lost Tendai Nyumasi to Orapa United while other players’ contracts have not yet been renewed.  Mogomotsi highlighted that the bottom line is that at the moment Centre Chief is not able to raise a team to play the match. Asked whether they will play the game on the 23rd Mogomotsi said “we will see next week if it will be feasible for the game to be played.”  It is for this reason that Centre Chiefs officials are unhappy with the play-off. The team’s chairman Raymond Tsheko was also recently quoted in the media saying that they do not want the game. Tsheko pointed out that they have tried to come up with alternative solutions but they were not taken into consideration. Just like Tsheko, Mogomotsi complained about the time they have to prepare before the game.

However it looks like the play-off is not the only concern for Centre Chiefs but other matters. Reports have it that the team is currently in sick bed as it is trying to rebuild. This week there has been a group of people who claimed that they are the rightful committee to be running the club. This brings back the tussle for club ownership that has in the past hit Chiefs. Mogomotsi confirmed knowledge of this group which he termed the splinter group.  “We know of this splinter group. They are our members and this is the issue that we will be addressing at the coming annual general meeting,” said Mogomotsi. As if it is not enough there are reports that the club’s investor has left it. Asked about this Mogomotsi declined to comment saying the club’s stakeholders need to know what is happening first before the issue could be taken to the media. “I will only be able to comment about this next week after the AGM,” he said. 

On the other hand Township Rollers is said to be ready for the game and just waiting for the date to arrive. The team’s spokesperson Bafana Pheto told this publication that they have been on pre-season training and the fitness of the players is good. “We are ready to play and the team has come back to training on Wednesday following our per-season training in Rustenburg,” said Pheto. Pheto reacted with shock to Centre Chiefs’ excuses about the game. He said even them at Rollers they have lost players that played last season. He named about four players from last season who left the club among them Sekhana Koko and Jerome Ramatlhakwane.