While Mochudi Centre Chiefs situation in the league seems to be deteriorating by the week, club officials however remain optimistic that things will turn around. The team has currently reached its lowest, sitting at position 14 with only 15 points from 16 games. Out of the last 10 games they played they have won only two, drawn two and lost six. Chiefs’ spokesperson Clifford Mogomotsi has downplayed the matter, saying they are currently rebuilding the team and are optimistic of finishing in their set target of Top 8. The Kgatleng outfit is said to be looking to change its technical team as well as bolster its squad. This is a move to at least rescue the team from its current position to a better one and avoid relegation. Mogomotsi said relegation is out of the table as they still have time to turn things around. “Relegation is total out. We still have the chance to finish in the Top 8 bracket as there are still 14 games still remaining. Currently, if we win two games we will break into top 8 brackets,” he argued. It is understood that Centre Chiefs are courting Maxwell Moyo to take over the club as coach following the departure of Bongani Mafu. Another one who is set to join Chiefs technical team is former Security Systems coach Thaloba Nthaga.
Mogomotsi was cagey about the matter, saying only: “We are currently talking to some people and will finalise everything very soon”. Mogomotsi said they are waiting to finalise the technical team after which they will decide who to sign. He said there are, however, some players that are training with the team. This publication however has learnt that the team is eying the services of players such as Mandla Mgadla, Pako Moloi, Bogosi Kaekwe and Ketumile Molebatsi. He believes that the coming two weeks break for the Mascom Top 8 competition will come handy for the club to sort their issues. All hell broke loose for Centre Chiefs when the ownership tussle started, resulting with the team losing their then financier Sayeed Jamali. The conflict has threatened to break the team apart leaving it languishing at the bottom of the log.
Asked whether the matter has been settled Mogomotsi said they are doing everything to solve it. He revealed that the Bakgatla Deputy Paramount Chief has since summoned the two parties to discuss how they can come together. “In February we will be meeting with the Deputy paramount Chief and I believe that a lasting solution will be taken for the sake of the club,” he added. Mogomotsi is confident it is in the best interest of everybody associated with Chiefs that a lasting solution is reached. He believes that this meeting will come help them to come to a settle all issues. He said this is very important because it will even help the team to start negotiating sponsorship deals as while fragmented they cannot do anything. “We cannot be able to land sponsorships while we are fragmented. Sponsors need confidence that where they put in their money will be worth it,” he said.