Mochudi Centre Chiefs’ aspirations of defending the League title have been dealt a heavy blow following suspension of their two players and an official, pending disciplinary hearings by the Premier League.
Experienced players, Pontsho Moloi and Michael Mogaladi, together with team official, Sebele Morakanyane, are reported to have been engaged in violent conduct against Township Rollers on Friday at UB Stadium in the Mascom Top Eight quarter final match.
Mochudi Centre Chiefs lost to Township Rollers by the away goals rule after both teams were tied on four goals. Some Chiefs’ players and supporters went berserk after they conceded a late penalty which they said was dubious.
The suspensions of Moloi and Mogaladi will even be a bigger blow because they have been the pillar of the team in the midfield and at the back. It is not even known the course the players’ disciplinary case will take nor the sentence that will be passed on them if found guilty.
After the match against Rollers, Centre Chiefs’ behavior disappointed many as they even failed to give post-match interviews.
Some supporters even stood outside the stadium baying for referee, Joshua Bondo’s blood.
What is even more painful for Chiefs is that their dangerous striker, Bonolo Fraser, will serve a two-match suspension after being shown marching orders still against Rollers.
It is not the first time Centre Chiefs’ officials have charged at the referee after the match claiming to have been hard done by. It happened previously in Selibe Phikwe after they played Nico United.
Already Mochudi Centre Chiefs trail BDF XI in the Premier League and the former are spitting fire as they continue to bag maximum points.
With Centre Chiefs already out of the Mascom Top Eight Tournament, they might even go to the extent of finishing the season without any silverware. Even though they are still on position two on the League, Centre Chiefs have also of late been reported to have fired the coach whom many fingers are pointed at for their unimpressive performance.
Meanwhile, BDF XI also advanced to the Semi-finals of the Mascom Top Eight after playing to a three-all draw against meat boys, BMC at Molepolole Sports Complex on Monday.
They advanced through the away goals rule and will join the trio of Township Rollers, Gaborone United and Nico United. The Semi-finals draw will be made tomorrow (Thursday) at the Gaborone Bus rank at lunch time.