The Vice Chairman for Mochudi Centre Chiefs Clifford Mogomotsi has revealed that Phenyo Mongala has been cleared to play for his team after months of contractual conflict with his former team.
Mogomotsi said Chiefs fans will definitely see Mongala either this weekend, or the next. Mongala had signed a 5-year contract with the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) Cercle Spotif Don Bosco in 2013, and though it seemed lucrative, it went completely wrong for him and other local players in Dirang Moloi and Jerome Ramatlhakwana.
Mongala has acknowledged this as worst mistake of his career. Now with this matter behind him, he can’t wait to get into the pitch. “I don’t know about me playing this very soon but if so then let it be, but you can just wait to see if I will play,” Mongala said.
Mogomotsi said they have learnt their lesson and that this time around things are being done very smoothly. He said that The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) team has already been notified about the fielding in of the said player.
“We have already notified DRC and Mongala has been training with us since last year, and from what we have seen during his training, he is very fit and ready to get on the field,” Mogomotsi said.
Mongala’s matter was handled by the Botswana Footballers Union (BFU). The Union’s Head of Communications, Kgosana Masaseng, confirmed that the matter has been settled and Mongala should start playing. Masaseng said that the player should have started playing in the 2014 August transfer season, but things got a little bit delayed. He said that everything went on smoothly, and revealed that as the footballers union they are also working on Jerome Ramatlhakwana's issue.
He said the only issue that is pending and that they are still working on is that of Dirang Moloi since he put a case to terminate the contract, but has now withdrawn the case in order to seek a loaning deal like Ramatlhakwana and Mongala, since termination of the contract did not work out.
"Mongala should play anytime from now, JJ will also follow while we will still be handling Moloi's matter,” Masaseng said.
Despite all this confirmations from people handling the matter, Mongala said that he will believe he is back in the game when he sees himself on the pitch; something that he says will really satisfy him.