After a disappointing fourth position finish last season, Head of Technical at Mochudi Center Chiefs Ernest Molome has promised that the Kgatleng side will come back stronger in the coming season. Molome said Chiefs will start off their league campaign in style after losing the title race to rivals Township Rollers last season.
“Obviously our supporters were disappointed that we did not defend our title last season. We didn’t deserve to finish in position four. Our performance was totally below standard and we must challenge for league honors again next season to appease our supporters,” he said.
He further revealed that Chiefs have already started pre-season preparations and promised that the players will be in good shape when the campaign starts. Chiefs started the previous season under Serbian coach Dargojlo Stanojlovic but he was sent packing after a string of disappointing performances. He was immediately replaced by Mike Sithole, who could not do much because Rollers had already cemented their league campaign. But Molome is confident that under Sithole his side can reclaim their title.
“Dubula has a proven record and we are confident that he is the man for the job. At the moment we’ve not given him any mandate because he is still to present us with the list of the players he wants in his team. I think by the end of this week we would have a clear picture of what the coach wants,” he said.
Molome denied rumors that all is not well at Magosi as some of the players want to leave, saying everything is going well and the players are raring to go.
“Line any other club, we are having minor difficulties but that doesn’t mean we are in trouble. Obviously when there is a transition a number of things are likely to be affected but all will be back to normal. Our players are under contract and no one is going anywhere,” he said.
Molome also revealed that the only player who has left Magosi so far is hardworking Zimbabwean midfielder Elvis Meleka who is said to be weighing his options back home. Reports indicate that super rich Zimbabwean outfit FC Platinum wants to sign the talented midfielder. Locally, Rollers are also eyeing his signature.
“Meleka told us that he wants to move on and there was no way we could stand in his way. He has served us well and we wish him all the best. At the moment we’re looking for players who can fill his space. We’re also interested in bringing on board a speedy winger possibly from outside our borders. Since Joel Mogorosi left us, we’ve never had a winger of his caliber on the right wing,” he said.
Molome also pleaded with the club’s supporters to rally behind the club, saying the players need supporters for them to deliver good results.