Following a disappointing first round of the 2016/17 BTCL premiership season, Mochudi Centre Chiefs officials are confident that the team will bounce back in the second round. This follows the teams’ recent signing of a memorandum of understanding for a strategic partnership with Boitekanelo College. Speaking at the launch of the partnership, Centre Chiefs spokesperson Clifford Mogomotsi insisted that a turnaround was imminent. Currently sitting at position 12 on the log table, this is the worst position Chiefs has had in recent history. Mogomotsi said it is possible that Chiefs will be top of the log when the league ends. He said they are currently busy during the on-going transfer window to buy new players to beef up the squad. Mogomotsi, however, did not want to dwell much into which players they are looking for saying “just be patient and see when the window closes.” Kgatleng side is allegedly looking to bring in about seven new players. Chiefs’ trouble started when they parted ways with business mogul Jamali. The loss of investor opened a can of worms for Chiefs which ultimately sprang out into the field of play. Mogomotsi however is confident that this phase is over and the team will start doing well in the second round. The strategic partnership between Chiefs and Boitekanelo is seen as a factor that will help the team to start performing to its best potential. The partnership will see Magosi benefit enormously from the wealth of expertise the college has. They will benefit from the college’s various services such as physiotherapy, counselling, emergency medical services, counselling and access to team doctors at all times.
When outlining the nature of the partnership Boitekanelo Group of Companies President and Founder Dr Tiro Mampane said it will accord Centre Chiefs players an opportunity to study at the college at heavily discounted prices. Mampane said as the college they are aware of the short life span of footballers’ careers. “It is because of this that we want to encourage the players to enrol for some of our certificate and diploma programmes so that they may have something to fall back on when their careers come to an end,” said Mampane. In addition to this, Chiefs will be offered a house that they will use as a clubhouse by the college. Boitekanelo College Nutrition and Dietetics Department will also see to it that the players eat healthy food prior to their every game.
Chiefs Chairman Raymond Tsheko, who cannot hide his excitement, said they appreciate and accept the smart partnership with the college. Tsheko said the partnership has comes at the right time when Botswana Football Association (BFA) is trying to come up with reforms that will see paradigm shift at club level. He said with this partnership the club will be able to comply with all expectations. He further said what is of importance is that the partnership talks to the players and to the secretariat of the club. “The team needs medical doctors, physiotherapists, dieticians and counsellors and management needs a club house for its daily routine. These are basic necessities for any club to dream of professionalism,” acknowledged Tsheko. Alongside Boitekanelo, Centre Chief have also roped in 90Minutes Plus as their Technical sponsor for the next two years.
These developments, according to Chiefs’ head of technical department Ernest Molome, are motivational enough for the team to start doing well. Molome said the team is currently in a good shape and preparing well for the coming round. “With Boitekanelo now having come on board with all the support, we promise that we will deliver. We will start with three points this weekend,” he said. Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC) chairperson, Solly Reikeletseng, commended Boitekanelo College’s gesture of supporting development. He said this partnership is the kind that is important in the development of football locally. “Sport landscape is changing totally and we need to move towards sports science and this partnership will help grow local football. It is also a big thing to see a locally brewed company coming in to support sport,” said Reikeletseng. He called on Mochudi Centre Chiefs to work hard to maintain the partnership and called on more companies to support sport, saying there is a benefit of doing so. “While we are still not satisfied with the tax remittance percentage, we are pushing for the increase from government so that more companies can come on board,” he explained. The blunt Reikeletseng said for sport to continue growing in Botswana there is need for binding legislature on companies to support local sport.