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Last moment with Cliff

SHARE   |   Saturday, 29 December 2018   |   By Bakang Tiro
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The untimely passing of Mochudi Centre Chiefs Vice Chairman and Communications Manager Clifford Mogomotsi came as shocking news to the football fraternity.

Mogomotsi’s family suspects witchcraft behind the demise of their son.  This reporter had a telephone interview with the late Cliff on Friday afternoon, just hours before he gave his unfortunate last breath later in the night.

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Mogomotsi talked to Patriot Sport about the situation that Chiefs are in; they currently seating at the bottom of the league with eight points from 14 games. He vowed with confidence that they will bounce back and not relegate as most fear.

Mogomotsi has served Chiefs with persistence for a long period of time, turning the club into a force to reckon with – winning four league titles.

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He served as team media-liaison for quite some time before being appointed team Vice Chairperson – the position he passed away holding. Mogomotsi also held the Chairmanship position for Kgatleng Region Football Association.

During his loyal, diligent and heroic service for Magosi and the entire Kgatleng football region Cliff commanded a huge respect, love and admiration from Chiefs supporters and the media fraternity.

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Mogomotsi has been described as a hardworking and visionary leader who always aimed for success and positive results. The death of Cliff is labeled by many pundits as huge blow for the currently struggling Centre Chiefs.

Thapelo Tsheole – Chiefs president – described Mogomotsi’s demise as a dark cloud on the club, saying that he has drawn a long term vision and sustainability plan for the club.

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Tsheole said the three months that he has worked with Cliff have been tremendous – he expected a lot from the relationship going forward. “We have lost a great man, a leader and champion of this club’s once successful milestone; a dark cloud has now struck us indeed. We are facing a tough time as a team,” Tsheole declared.

Local football analyst Jimmy George hailed Mogomotsi as a hardworking, committed and results-oriented individual. He said the success of Chiefs in the past was attributable to the amazing leadership of Mogomotsi.

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“Cliff‘s death is a great loss to Chiefs and the football fraternity at large. What a loss to the local football and more particularly a heart breaking moment for Chiefs. Mogomotsi has served so diligently as an administrator in all levels. He is a stalwart and pioneer of Chiefs success history,” George echoed.

One of Chiefs supporters Dikatso Botlogile opined that Mogomotsi was a true patriot of Chiefs who stood with the team through thick and thin; adding that Cliff worked hard as part of management to ensure that the team gets out of the current terrible situation.

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“With Cliff now having passed on and looking at the situation our team finds itself in; it will be difficult for the team to bounce back because he (Mogomotsi) has been concerned so much about the issues affecting the team. I hope the remaining management continues advancing Cliff’s efforts,” added worried Botlogile.

The deeply touched Mogomotsi’s family suspects a plotted witchcraft for Cliff‘s death by some of the opposing side officials due to the ownership crisis that has  since rocked the team as a what have led to a fatal car accident that killed Cliff last week Friday night.

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Family representative and Uncle Kgosana Mogomotsi when addressing the mourners during the memorial service on Thursday sent a strong message to the perpetrators which he claims have led to the untimely death of Cliff as a result of witchcraft action.

“We know there have been warring issues for the ownership of this team with some in the contrasting side. But watch out you who have done what you have done leading to the loss of our son. I am warning you,’’ said a senior Mogomotsi receiving cheers from pool of Chiefs supporters.



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