Thursday, April 25, 2024

Chiefs gear up for the new season

Mochudi Centre Chiefs’ assistant coach, Zacharia Muzadzi, has said that they will only have themselves to blame if they cannot lift the league trophy this season.

Chiefs have been finishing second in the league for the past three seasons, despite having assembled the most expensive squad in the land.

This has not gone down well with the supporters who have become the laughing stock of their bitter rivals and national champions, Township Rollers, who have won the title twice in a row.

Chiefs’ supporters have since given the management, led by chairman Ernest Molome, an ultimatum to deliver the title in the coming season and Muzadzi believes that they will not disappoint.

As has been the case in the past, when the season kicks off in a fortnight, all eyes will be on Magosi who recently roped in new gaffer Madinda Ndlovu from Zimbabwe.  

Chiefs start off their Be MOBILE Premier League campaign with a mouth-watering clash against Rollers in a match billed for UB Stadium on August 13.

The game is expected to test the Kgatleng giants, whether or not they are ready to take the crown from Mapalastina who are still oozing with confidence.

“The most important thing ahead of the new season is how you prepare. Last season we only had ourselves to blame because the management was not the best and it affected our preparations. This time around, it seems everybody is on board and I want to believe that the league is there for the taking. We’ve all the players we needed and if we fail to win the league I think the management should fire us (technical team),” he said. ┬á

Muzadzi added that though they would have liked to have all their players on board, he wants to believe that those with the national team in South Africa would not struggle to fit into the team once they are back. 

Othusitse Pilane, Joel Mogorosi, Lesego Galenamotlhale, Tshepo Motlhabankwe and Pntsho Moloi are Chiefs players who are in a training camp at the High Performance Centre in Pretoria as part of the preparations for the 2012 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.
The five players are only expected to join their side in training either on Tuesday or Wednesday.

The good news in Chiefs’ camp is the return of their prodigal son, Dirang Moloi, who started training in the past week after a season-long loan deal at the relegated Premier League side Vasco da Gama of Cape Town.

Muzadzi said that his return would give the coaching department more options on match day.
The Kgatleng giants have been involved in a series of friendly games to put their players into shape.

On Thursday, they played BDF XI in Mogoditshane and played BMC in Gaborone yesterday.
“We’ve been trying different combinations and I want to believe that they’ll come right before opening league game. The only problem we are faced with at the moment is the goalkeeping department. We want to sign another goalkeeper who will push Wrist (Mompoloki Sephekolo) for the number one jersey. But I’m confident that before the transfer window closes, we would have found one,” he continued.

Kgatleng giants technical crew suffered a scare against BDF XI when Sephekolo walked off the pitch after he twisted his ankle. Chiefs were left with only two goalkeepers after the departure of Noah Maposa to Gaborone United and Barolong ‘Toldo’ Lemmenyane to Notwane.

It means that Sephekolo is likely to be the only goalkeeper from mid-October as youngster Bobby Mathe will soon be sitting for his Cambridge final examinations at Naledi Secondary School.

Meanwhile, Chiefs have confirmed the signing of two Zimbabweans, defender Arnold Chaka and defensive midfielder Elvis Meleka from Gunners. In a friendly game against BDF XI, Chaka was widely praised by those in attendance for a high tactical awareness as he formed a good combination with Calvin Masire and Thabiso Khunwane.

The two Zimbabweans have been joined by five youngsters Mpho ‘Rama’ Ramogonono, Daniel ‘Daniboy’ Mogapi, Khomo Mosime, Benson Ramololwane and Atang Mmualefe all from Chiefs development side. The youngsters are said to have impressed coach Ndlovu who want to give them a run in the coming season.

Mmualefe is said to be the best of them all as he possesses a rare talent.


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