Mochudi Centre Chiefs was on Saturday knocked out of the Kgatleng Builders World Independence Cup by Mochudi Sundowns after a 1-0 defeat.
The games were part of a string of quarter final games played in Mochudi over the weekend for the 1st price of P10 000, courtesy of Builders World.
The first game was an encounter between old rivals Mochudi Rovers and Mochudi Buffaloes, with Mochudi Rovers walloping Mochudi Buffaloes 2-1.
Kagiso Nkepe scored the first goal for Mochudi Rovers on the 8th minute of the 1st half with Walter Kololo scoring the second goal on the 15th minute of the second half.
Rovers, one of the oldest teams in Kgatleng, continuously frustrated Buffaloes front as they successfully blocked any attack. But luck finally fell on the Buffaloes side as they secured a penalty in the last minutes of the game, Lesego Kabo then scored the 1st and only goal Mochudi Buffaloes before the referee blew his whistle.
The next encounter of the day was between Mochudi Center Chiefs and Mochudi Sundowns. The game was fast paced from the very first minute, with every team fighting to secure a space in the semi finals next Sunday.
However, it seemed Mochudi Center Chiefs either took the game lightly or had other serious fixtures to take into consideration as it brought only its team B for the match and worse still, it had only ten players for the game. This resulted in some critics saying this was evidence that local teams are not taking development seriously.
Osupile Setlhabi, Chairman of Kgatleng Regional Football Association, commented, “I’m shocked that Chiefs had to use 10 players while all along they have been using their full Premier League squad. If they believed the match fixtures were inconveniencing them, they could have let us know and we would have seen what to do.”
Despite constant harassment of the Mochudi Sundowns defenders by Thato Pilane, the younger brother of Jabu Pilane, Sundowns went ahead to win the game 1-0. However Thato proved to be a big future investment for Chiefs, as his skills kept every football fanatic talking about him.
In the other games of the same tournament held in Modipane, Morwa Rising Stars was hammered by Modipane United 2-0 and Mountain Birds beat Odi Black Aces 3-0. The losers of Saturdays encounter pocketed P2000 and those who will fall next Sunday will get a consolation price of P4000.
First and second price is $10, 000 and P6000, respectively.
The whole tournament has been sponsored to the tune of P50 000 by Builders World. Lesego Tshose, the Chairperson of the Builders World Independence Cup, noted that the tournament is going smoothly.