Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Centre chiefs finally clinch league championship

Football lovers who thronged to Molepolole Sports Complex on Sunday afternoon to witness Mochudi Centre Chiefs being crowned the 2011-2012 be MOBILE Premier League champions were left in stitches when the club’s chairman, Ernest Molome, stole the show as he danced to the blaring tunes at the stadium.

This was after his side thrashed stubborn Police XI 3-1 in a game played before an electrifying atmosphere in chilly weather.

Molome, who has been at the helm of the club for close to five years, was full of joy as his club clinched its second title since 2008. In the build-up to the game, the Chiefs’ boss was confident that nothing would stop his side from clinching the title. Throughout the game, Molome, who was sitting alongside financial backer, McLean Letshwiti, looked at ease waiting for the final whistle.

When referee Uyapo Julius finally blew the whistle, he rushed onto the field to celebrate with his players and technical team.

“I never thought our chairman can dance like this. It clearly shows that this is a special moment for the rest of us. He has worked hard in ensuring that this club competes for the honours. We will always be grateful to him and his committee. What makes it special is that Kgosi Kgolo (Kgafela II) is in attendance,” said one Chiefs’ supporter while waiting for the medal presentation.

Bakgatla paramount chief Kgafela Kgafela, Bakwena paramount chief Kgari Sechele, and MP for Kgatleng West Gilbert Mangole attended the game and were given a standing ovation by thousands of supporters who were in attendance upon arrival.

Chiefs started like possessed demons, making their intentions clear. Magosi came into the game needing a single point to be crowned champions. After missing a couple of chances, Chiefs were finally rewarded when Mara Moloi slotted home midway through the first half to send scores of Chiefs’ supporters into jubilation.

It seemed as if Police XI were in for a serious hiding but they managed to keep the score at 1-0 going into the break. The Jungle Kings brought a better approach to the second half and it seemed like they were going to delay Chiefs’ celebrations.

It was not long before Police XI captain Clarkson Dzimbiri silenced Chiefs’ noisy supporters when he leveled the scores. ┬áPolice XI pushed the expensively-assembled Chiefs’ side to the limits. With nearest rivals Township Rollers trailing BDF XI 2-1 at SSKB Stadium in Mogoditshane, Chiefs knew that their job was almost complete even in defeat. They continued to push forward with Joel Mogorosi and Pontsho Moloi scoring late in the game to complete the routing.

Chiefs’ midfielder Kenamile Mani, who joined from relegation-haunted Notwane in January, was over the moon at the end of 90 minutes.

“I’ve made the right choice by joining Chiefs because I don’t think I would be having a league medal now. We need to work even harder to clinch the other two competitions (Mascom Top 8 and Coca-Cola Cup). It would be nice to be the first team to win Top 8 and I have no doubt we can do it,” said Mani.

Despite winning the championship, Chiefs still have three games against Nico United, TAFIC and Township Rollers before wrapping up the season.

After what has been a scintillating season for Magosi, their supporters have all reasons to walk tall. It has been a long wait since they won the title four years ago and they had to go through the pain of being second best for three consecutive seasons. What remains to be seen is who will become the league’s top scorer between Mara Moloi and Mogorosi who have been scoring for fun this season.

Mogorosi leads with 26 goals, a goal more than Moloi.


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