Saturday, July 2, 2022

Mayhem at Chiefs as three key players axed

It looks to be not raining but pouring for Kgatleng side, Mochudi Centre Chiefs. News coming in is that the club has kicked out their three experienced players, Tshepo Motlhabankwe, Amos ‘Shoes’ Godirwang and Kago Nfila.

It is not yet on what could have led to the release of the trio, but of late the team coach was complaining of rampant indiscipline in the team. Of the three players, Motlhabankwe’s axing is a big shock because he has been a pillar of the team for many years even this year he has been an outstanding player even at the senior national team.

Some few weeks back, even Centre Chiefs, Serbian coach, Dragojlo Stanojlovic was reported to have been sacked. The sacking of the three players comes just few weeks after two of their players being Pontsho Moloi and Michael Mogaladi and an official, Sebele Morakanyane were suspended by the Premier for misconduct in the Mascom Top Eight encounter against Township Rollers.

Already Morakanyane and Pontsho Moloi have since offered their apologies for their behavior in a match they lost on the away goal rule. Efforts to solicit comments from Mochudi Centre Chiefs, spokes person, Clifford Mogomotsi were futile at press time. Mogomotsi however confirmed the release of the three players in one of the local radio stations.

Some people around Centre Chiefs have expressed concern that the recent development in the team might destabilize it further and a common ground should be found to address internal issues amicable.

A former team official who preferred anonymity told The Telegraph Sports that the indiscipline from players shows that there is a problem in the team that is not being addressed. The former official said people should stop hiding behind their fingers and face challenges head on.

“There is a problem in that team and even a blind person can see it. The alleged indiscipline of the players comes from somewhere and I can tell you the players are just used as sacrificial lamps. The problems should be solved amicable or else the team is going to fare badly this coming season,” he said.

Mochudi Centre Chiefs has been the most consistent team for the past six weeks and are currently the defending champions. Of late they have not been doing well losing and drawing some of their important matches. They are currently on the third spot of the league and five points adrift from the leaders, BDF XI.

Meanwhile, Mochudi Centre Chiefs has been drawn against Zimbabwean side, Dynamos in the CAF Champions League early next year. De-Mbare as Dynamos are affectionately called by their die hard supporters eliminated Gaborone United from the same tournament about three years ago. Gaborone United would on the other hand play, South African side, Supersport United in the CAF Confederations Cup.

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