Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Is Mochudi Centre Chiefs’ empire crumbling?

Efforts by Kgatleng side, Mochudi Centre Chiefs, to lift the championship trophy for the first time in more than 20 years of their existence might go up in smoke because they are on the verge of losing some of their top players, Sunday Standard has learnt. The players would be following the departed coach, Justice ‘Dubula Dubula’ Sithole, who is reported to be on his way to Namibia to join Orlando Pirates.

Chiefs started the first round of the Mascom Premier League on a high note winning almost all their games and drawing some. But now, the top players that made things happen are either not happy or tempted by offers from other teams. It could be a blow to Centre Chiefs that was playing good football with great players from the goalkeeping department to the striking force.
The players that might be lost to the team are reported to be ‘man of the moment’ and second choice goalkeeper of the senior team, Noah Maposa, No-nonsense defender-cum-midfielder, Gobonyeone ‘Shoes’ Selefa, anchorman Oteng Moalosi, Stanley Tsolope and top striker, Jerome Ramatlhakwane who has since found his way into the senior team. If all the four players leave Centre Chiefs, it would be a big blow because their contribution to the team is immense. Extension Gunners are reported not leaving anything to chance for Selefa. One top Gunners official is reported to be always seen with the player, fuelling speculation that he might be lost to Chiefs. Unconfirmed rumours have it that Township Rollers have entered the fray for Selefa.

Gaborone United (GU), on the other hand, are also reported to have put out an irresistible offer for Maposa but he is still undecided. The figures are known to the paper and it would not be surprising if Maposa crosses to the Old Naledi team. Upon realizing that they might lose Maposa, Sunday Standard learnt that Centre Chiefs made an attempt to lure one of the top but underrated goalkeepers in the country, Cosmos Lombala of BMC. For Ramatlhakwane, it might be a positive development for the team because speculation is rife that he might make it outside the country. Rollers are also linked to Ramatlhakwane provided he is not snapped up by a foreign team.

On the other hand, GU played down their interest for Maposa. The public relation officer of the team, Atamelang Thaga, told Sunday Standard that he is not aware that GU are about to sign Maposa. He said they have a recruitment team that report to the executive and has not heard anything from them.

Thaga said once he has all the information he will divulge it to the media. He, however, made it clear that they are in need of players to strengthen their team that was not impressive in the first round and they would try by all means to secure them before the transfer window closes on January 31st. At the time of going to press, efforts to get a comment from Chiefs spin doctor, Clifford Mogomotsi, were futile. He is, however, quoted in some newspapers as saying his team is intact and they are not losing any player since no team has formally approached them.

In other transfer developments, Ecco City Green might also not have all their players when the second round resumes. The team is reported inundated with letters from many Premier League teams requesting open discussions with their players. Top of the list is towering midfield dynamo, Abednico Powell. This is a worrying development for the team because open discussions within Premier League teams are a mere formality. Before starting open discussions, most of the teams would be done with the concerned players.

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