Thursday, February 29, 2024

Chiefs to rekindle their form – Mogomotsi

Mochudi Centre Chiefs’ media relations officer, Clifford Mogomotsi, has said that his side will rekindle the form which has seen them win the past two Premier League title.
Despite being among the title contenders and boasting a squad with some of the finest players in Botswana football, Chiefs have failed to stamp their authority on the season with seven games remaining.
This was attributed to the poor tactics introduced by Serbian head coach Dragojlo Stanojlovic who was brought in at the beginning of the season.
But after firing Stanojlovic, Mogomotsi believes that his side will once again dish out entertaining football. The Serbian has since been replaced by Zambian-born Mike Sithole who led Magosi to their first ever league title in 2008.
“The truth has to be said, we’ve not been at our best and that chased the supporters away. We had to act before things get worse. That is why we’ve since appointed Dubula (Sithole) who we believe knows the culture of the club. I have no doubt that we’ll be a different side in the remaining games. The race for the championship is wide open and we can still defend our title looking at the spirit in our camp right now,” said Mogomotsi.
Chiefs’ mouthpiece added that the players they have assembled in their squad can take them to the finishing line. He said all they needed was a little motivation. “There is nothing wrong with our players because they have all the experience both at local and international level. All they needed was the right coach. I have no doubt that we’ll be unstoppable in the coming games,” he added.
Mogomotsi pointed out that they have aligned the way they have been doing things administratively. He said they have a number of people especially from the committee which won them the previous two titles.
Long time chairman Ernest Molome who now sits on the board has now returned to the daily running of Magosi. At some stage this season Molome was linked to BMC as he was said to be unhappy at the way the club was run.
This is said to have brought panic to a number of players who were brought to the sweet-talking former chairman.
“Molome belongs to this club and he has been appointed as head of technical matters. He will oversee technical issues like recruitment of players. He has been there before and he has brought lots of big name players here. He will also make sure that all the players are happy including the coaches. It is an insult for Chiefs to have no players in the national team. I can assure you that when the next squad is named our players will be there because they would have picked their form,” said the spokesperson.
Mogomotsi appealed to the club’s supporters to attend the remaining games in big numbers in order to lift the spirits of the players.
“It was frustrating to play in front of an empty stadium knowing that we’ve got a huge following. I expect Phikwe Stadium to be full to capacity when we take on Motlakase on Wednesday night (March 19) in our rescheduled fixture. I have been in constant communication with our supporters’ branches in Phikwe and Francistown and they’re aware of what is need of them,” concluded Mogomotsi.
In their remaining fixtures, Chiefs will take on Motlakase (Selebi-Phikwe, March 19), Police XI (Molepolole, March 22), TAFIC (Francistown, March 29), Extension Gunners (Molepolole, April 4), Miscellaneous (Serowe, April 12), FC Satmos (National Stadium, April 19) and ECCO City Greens (Francistown, April 26).


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