Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Moloi calls for unity at Chiefs

Since joining Magosi eight years ago, Moloi confessed that he has seen the kind of situation they are experiencing at the club. He pointed out that as much as the players are trying to focus on their job, which is playing and producing the results, it however is not easy.

“There is no denial that there are problems here but all those concerned need to find solutions. There is a need to create a happy environment in order for us to deliver, but I’m confident that things will get back to normal. As soon as the situation stabilises, we’ll without doubt turn the corner,” Moloi said on Friday morning. His words were also echoed by head coach Mike Sithole on Wednesday afternoon after his side bombed out of the Mascom Top 8 at the hands of Nico United. “There is a problem at the top and it is difficult to motivate these players. The sooner they sort out the problem the better,” said Sithole.

In the recent games, most people have been complaining about the body language of Chiefs’ players but Moloi has pointed out that an unhappy soul cannot perform. “There is no denial about our body language. As a senior, I can handle some situations and fight for the club when I go into the field of play. But it is difficult for some of the youngsters. It is a tough ask for me to try to keep them focused. But I think all we need is to get a few wins in the bag then we’ll be fine,” he added.

Before this weekend’s League matches, Chiefs were trailing log leaders Township Rollers by six points. Moloi knows that in order to compete for the championship, they need to keep in touch with the pacesetters. “Rollers are the defending champions and once they open a huge gap it is not going to be easy for those chasing. We’ve a good team which can compete but we need to sort out our issues,” he said.

In recent times, Chiefs’ coach has been complaining about their poor showing infront of goal and Moloi has shared the same sentiments. Chiefs’ talisman said the fact that they are not scoring is a major concern. “Traditionally, Chiefs are known to be ruthless inside the box but it has not been the case this season. We’ve got quality attackers but I fail to understand why we’re not converting. This season we’ve not scored more than three goals but we’re working on improving the situation,” said Moloi. Before their match against Motlakase in Molepolole yesterday, Chiefs had scored 22 goals and conceded 13. Their top goal scorer is Bonolo Fraizer who has found the back of the net five times.

Despite the current situation, Moloi has called on the supporters to rally behind the club because this is the time where they need them the most. “Our supporters are used to winning and beautiful football. I understand their frustrations but we need them most. If they can start coming to the stadium in large numbers again, I have no doubt that we’ll be more motivated. We’re not used to playing infront of paltry crowds. This is the time where we need to be there for each other,” said the Moloi who turned 33 years on Friday.

Meanwhile, Moloi has downplayed recent rumours that he is headed for traditional rivals Township Rollers during the January transfer window. “I know nobody will believe me but I’m committed to Chiefs. My future is here, this is the team which has showed me lots of love in the past eight years. I don’t know what tomorrow holds, but it will be unfair to dump the team when it needs me most,” he said. Rollers are said to have put a big carrot on the table for the talented star in a bid to boost their squad ahead of their CAF Champions League campaign which is expected to kick off at the end of February.


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