While Mochudi Centre Chiefs are currently struggling to find their ground in the BTC premiership, the club officials are optimistic that all will come back to normal soon. Chiefs’ spokesperson Clifford Mogomotsi said they are presently engaged in efforts to bring stability to the club. Mogomotsi said the club has only one problem threatening it and that is lack of finances.
Mogomotsi did not sugar code the matter, plainly admitting that the team is broke. They found themselves in this situation after parting ways with its financier and investor in 2016. This meant that the team’s financial follow was affected even though the expenses remained the same. Mogomotsi was once quoted in the media saying Chiefs has over P200, 000.00 expenditure on salaries monthly. It was also revealed at the team’s special meeting a fortnight ago that the team is owing hundreds of thousands of Pulas to Ernest Molome. As a result of lack of finances it has been reported that the players went unpaid for some time. Some of the senior players decided to boycott some games due to non-payment which led to the team’s inconsistency in the league. Mogomotsi said if it was not of such incidents the team would be high up in the log, looking at how it played from January. In the second round of this season Chiefs managed to put up an interesting fight to move up the ladder to reach the top four. However, financial challenges then caused a down surge on the log for Chiefs. Mogomotsi said the players are not to be blamed for this as they were asking for what is rightfully theirs. “This cannot be blamed on the players as they were within their rights to demand what is theirs,” he said.
Mogomotsi, who is optimistic that this stage will pass, however said they needed to address the factionalism that has wrecked the team. It was because of this difference between the club Society and Trust that the team investor and financier ended up parting ways with it. The matter reached the court of law as two factions fought for the control of the club. However the court instructed an out of court settlement. The two parties were to meet and come up with an interim committee that will see the club through. It is however taking too long for the two parties to meet and it is now the club that is taking the toll. “Until we solve this factionalism matter we will continue having problem at the club,” said Mogomotsi. He explained that the matter needs to be addressed quickly to normalise the situation. Asked what they are doing towards this Mogomotsi said Mochudi Centre Chiefs Trust is ready and waiting on the Society faction to come on board. He pointed out that they have long been ready and have drafted an agreement paper that could help the club going found. “We want to implement the court order. We are waiting for the other group to sort themselves out so that we can do it,” said Mogomotsi. He is optimistic that as soon as this is taken out of the way things will normalise at the club. Efforts to reach the society leaders were unsuccessful. However it has been reported that the Mochudi Centre Chiefs Society was supposed to convene a meeting this weekend to discuss a way forward. The meeting however is said to have been postponed to next week. Mogomotsi is optimistic that before the end of the 2017/18 season all will be rectified and the club will run smoothly.
Chiefs’ officials have meanwhile confirmed the withdrawal of the appeal they lodged against the Botswana Premier League Disciplinary Committee to have their game against Gilport Lions replayed. Chiefs had lodged an appeal, citing that the decision taken was not following the Botswana football Association rule and regulations. Gilport Lions had failed to honour a match against the latter and the DC order a replay and a fine of P2000. However in what they termed sporting reasons Chiefs have made a U-turn on the appeal and withdrawn it. This was confirmed by both Chiefs spokesperson Clifford Mogomotsi and the Premier League office. Mogomotsi said they came to the conclusion because they want the season to end without any pending issue. He said the decision was solely made on sporting grounds so that the league proceeds smoothly. As it now stand it means the game between Chiefs and Gilport will be played. A communication from the BPL office indicated that the game will be played at a later date which will be announced in due course.