Mochudi Centre Chiefs’ scintillating form saw them being tipped as favourites to run away with the be-MOBILE Premier League this season.
It was their free-flowing football, which won them the hearts of many supporters before the Christmas break.
But since the league kicked off last month after the eight-week break due to the Zebras’ participation in the Africa Cup Of Nations (AFCON), Chiefs have failed to produce the form which saw them ripping the opposition apart. The absence of talisman Joel Mogorosi due to injury has also been linked to their below-par performances against Uniao Flamengo Santos and ECCO City Greens.
Last weekend, Chiefs had to score last-minute equalizer to salvage a 3-3 draw against ECCO City in Francistown. It was Pontsho Moloi’s 93rd minute strike which ensured that Chiefs left the northern city with a single point. The draw allowed three chasing sides BMC, Township Rollers and Gaborone United to close in on the side.
With Magosi off this weekend due to Extension Gunners’ involvement in the CAF Confederations Cup, the gap was expected to shrink after BMC and Rollers registered wins against FC Satmos and Great North Tigers (GNT) yesterday.
Chiefs go into week 20 top of the table with 45 points from 18 games. But the latest developments are not of any concern to Chiefs’ chairman, Ernest Molome.
He urged their supporters not to press any panic buttons.
“People should not be worried about our result against ECCO because our games are always difficult. But if we can manage to score in the 93rd minute like we did against ECCO, it shows that we’ve got a winning mentality. We need to win at least five games and the trophy will be in our bag. I’m more worried about the Top 8 tournament,” said Molome.
He pleaded with their supporters to continue rallying behind the Kgatleng giants in the remaining games.
“The players and the technical team are aware of the supporters’ expectations and have vowed to deliver,” he added.
Chiefs’ game against Gunners midweek remains in doubt as it was not clear when the Lobatse giants would come back from Madagascar.
On Saturday, Chiefs travel to Selebi-Phikwe to take on struggling FC Satmos. Chiefs will be boosted by the return of their Zimbabwean central defender Arnold Chaka in the next game after he missed their 3-3 draw against ECCO. Chaka was in the Zimbabwean camp preparing for their AFCON qualifier against Burundi. He returned to Magosi camp on Thursday. Molome also dismissed reports that all was not well in Magosi camp after the Francistown ‘scare’.
“Chiefs are a big club and you expect those negative reports when we drop points. We’re committed to ensuring that we win our second title,” he added.