Having played only three games in the 2018\19 BTC Premier League season, Mochudi Centre Chiefs supporters have already raised alarm over the team’s poor start and performance. They regret that management has not done enough to beef up the squad capable of competing well for the league title.
The team has only managed to collect two points out of possible nine in first three games under Coach Philani Mabhena.
Chiefs’ new season woes continued following a goalless draw against BR Highlanders after being hammered 3-0 by the current log leaders Sharps Shooting Stars. Magosi managed to secure a point against the rejuvenated Extension Gunners after playing 3 -3 in a six goals thriller at Lobatse Sports Complex.
Supporters’ worry is that the management and the technical team did not do enough to bring in quality players in the past transfer window. Chiefs brought in Elvis Maleka a former player who once won league title with the team and Terrence Mandaza who was with Jwaneng Galaxy in the previous season.
Mabhena, former Sankoyo Bush Bucks coach, was also brought in to revitalise the technical team, releasing Innocent Morapedi and Pontsho Moloi respectively.
Moloi has since joined Extension Gunners as assistant coach and this has not gone well with some of the followers who want him to be reinstated.
According to some of the patience losing fans, the appointment of Mabhena to coaching position was a sign of desperation than a strategic move.
One supporter Shimane Malapela said: “We hoped that the management will go out and improve the team following last season disastrous spell. We hoped for the hiring of a quality coach at least who can win the league for us but that is not the case. We don’t doubt him (Mabhena) but he will not manage to take us where we belong,”
Other Magosi faithful accused the management of failing them as the supporters.
Frank Mogotsi noted: “there is something I don’t get with the administration of the club nowadays, especially from the management and I don’t know if our team is poor or there are some people in the management who don’t care about the team’s success. I don’t see our team competing differently from last season – another horrible season could be on the cards for us”.
Magosi supporters also cautioned about the signing of average players while its competitors in the likes of Rollers, Galaxy and Orapa United sign quality players.
However, some of the local soccer commentators maintained that Mabhena could surprise many and transform Chiefs into a formidable force that the fans desperately want to see and chant.
The team’s President Thapelo Tsheole has promised that they will turn things around and restore happiness to the fans .He charged that it is too early to write-off the team as the season is still fresh, saying they are working around the clock to fix things.
“I have been appointed the club president for two weeks now and I have found compound challenges facing the team and some of those challenges need a long period of time to work on them and address to map a way forward,” charged Tsheole.
Tsheole said the review of the club status is on-going to come up with viable ways of taking it forward, saying as the management they value the supporters as important stakeholders in the team and take their concerns seriously.