Saturday, December 3, 2022

Chiefs boss want to bring back glory days

When Mochudi Centre Chiefs’ membership elected Ernest Molome as the chairperson at their general assembly last weekend, there was a huge celebration.

This is because the membership believes that he is the right man to steer Chiefs’ ship back to the glory days like he did when he was in charge three years ago.

In 2008 under his leadership, Chiefs did the unthinkable when they finished the league season without a loss and went on to win the Coca-Cola Cup for the first time in their history. But since then, Chiefs have failed to win any silverware and for three consecutive seasons were runners-up to Gaborone United and twice to Rollers.

This has earned Magosi the nickname “bridegroom” because most people believe that they are good at coming second best.

A few days after being given the responsibility, Molome said that he intends to take Chiefs to the Promised Land again. He pointed out that he was humbled by the confidence which the Chiefs’ membership has shown in his leadership skills.

But Molome knows that being at the helm of a big club like Chiefs comes with challenges as their supporters are hard to impress.

“I might be excited by the faith that Chiefs supporters have shown in me but I know that I’m going to come across so many challenges. I take the leadership at the time when the club has to privatise. This means that my committee has to do a lot to ensure that all goes well and Chiefs become a company,” Molome said on Friday morning.

He said that for Chiefs to become a company, he has to ensure that they start winning things as people want to associate with successful clubs. He believes that they can achieve the privatisation issue if they are all pulling in the right direction.

“We have to work well with my committee, including the general membership,” he said.

After watching Chiefs finishing second in the league for three seasons, Molome hinted that things are going to change. He said under his leadership, Magosi are going to dethrone Rollers.

“Our supporters have suffered enough and we have to be at our best next season. We have started by bringing in the new coach (Madinda Ndlovu) and we’re waiting for him to come and recommend where we need to beef up,” said Molome.

Information reaching Sunday Standard indicates that ECCO City Greens left-back Ontse ‘Maniche’ Ntesa and striker Pako ‘Rubber’ Moloi are top of the list in Molome’s budget.

Responding to recent media reports that Chiefs face the risk of losing some key players who are out of contract, Molome said that they have already started negotiating with the concerned players and things will be fine in no time.

“Those players have showed willingness to stay at the club and we’re going to do our utmost best to retain them,” he said. Molome has called on the supporters to rally behind the club in numbers when the season kicks off on August 6, saying they will not be disappointed.

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