Friday, September 25, 2020

Centre Chiefs financial doldrums spill to supporters

They are the defending league champions of both the league and the Coca-Cola tournament, and they still stand a chance of retaining one of the titles.

Despite all the surface success of the team, beneath seems to be lying financial irregularities that might haunt the team in the long run. The financial irregularities at the team refuse to go away and are reportedly spreading at a worrying pace.

Information reaching Sunday Standard is that one supporter of the team is reported reeling in state of fear for his life after being threatened by other supporters.

The “sin” of the supporter is to have asked the team management to reveal their financial status for last season, which they promised to do last year October during an executive committee meeting. At the meeting, the executive is reported to have told those who were in attendance that they would do so within two weeks after the executive meeting.

Sometime in April, one long time supporter of the team allegedly inquired from the management about the promised report bearing in mind that the second season is also about to end. That is reported to have not gone down well with supporters loyal to the executive committee.

Fearing for his life, the concerned supporter reported the matter to the police who are investigating the matter.

The reaction of violent behaviour by some supporters has left some people asking many questions about the financial situation of the team.
When pressed for comment, the spokesperson for the team, Clifford Mogomotsi, denied knowing of the said incident. He said matters that affect supporters rarely reach them. When asked whether he is aware that one supporter reported the matter to the police, he still denied knowing anything about it, saying it was news to him.

Sunday Standard can, however, reveal that a case was reported to the police by a Mochudi Centre Chiefs supporter. The station commander of Gaborone West Police station, Superintendent Bonnie Bareki, confirmed the case, but would not reveal many details.

The financial irregularities at the team have been going on for some time. Just two years ago, a section of Centre Chiefs players’ stormed the offices of one of the executive committee members of the team demanding their monthly payments. Last year, the team was also rocked by financial controversy over the sale of t-shirts, which reportedly made excess of P80 000. The money was allegedly unaccounted for and fingers were pointed at certain team officials. Team Chairman, Ernest Molome, threatened to resign and eventually rescinded his decision.

Just last week, one local newspaper carried a story about the selling of Centre Chiefs player, Pontsho Moloi, to a Mozambican team. The selling of the player was reported to have been done under questionable circumstances by Centre Chiefs chairman, Ernest Molome.

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