Mochudi Centre Chiefs nippy forward, Pontsho ‘Piro’ Moloi, is nearing full fitness and says he cannot wait to don the black and white colours of Magosi again.
Moloi has not featured for his club for almost five weeks after incurring a fracture on his left leg in a friendly game against First Division side Happy Hearts.
This has seen Moloi miss some crucial league games as well as three Coca-Cola Cup games.
He started jogging last week and might make a comeback when Chiefs visit Nico United in Selebi-Phikwe on Friday.
“It’s been really tough for me to watch my teammates from the stands, when I’m supposed to be out there with them. I took solace from the fact that my injury is not career threatening and soon I’ll be back pushing for my place in the starting line-up. The other positive thing is that we’ve not lost a game in my absence which shows that Chiefs is not a one-man team,” he said on Friday morning.
Moloi said that he has received overwhelming support from the football community, which has made him believe that he will bounce back.
“The support has been tremendous from my teammates, coaching staff and supporters. I have been going to the gym and following the coach’s programme. Having started jogging, I think I’ll soon do ball work and possibly play the remaining league games,” he added.
Moloi believes that though many people have declared bitter rivals Township Rollers for this season’s Premier League, he maintains that Chiefs can steal the title under the noses of the defending champions.
“Anything is possible in football; all we need to do is continue winning our remaining games and take it from there,” he said. With four games remaining before the end of the season, second-placed Chiefs trail Rollers by seven points. Rollers are sitting at 64 points while the Mochudi giants have 57 points. Chiefs have to play Nico United, Extension Gunners, Black Peril and Uniao Flamengo Santos in their remaining league games.
Chiefs spokesperson, Clifford Mogomotsi, was excited by the return of their prodigal son saying that when the season comes to an end, they need to have a full strength squad, which would be able to compete strongly.
“He is a very influential player who inspires his teammates even when the chips are down. So it’s good that he has started light training and hopefully he’ll play a part in the remaining games,” he said.
Chiefs have lately been hit by injuries with the likes of Elijah Montsho, striker Kekaetswe ‘Mara’ Moloi and Lesego Galenamotlhale consigned to the sickbed. While Galenamotlhale started their last two league matches against Motlakase and Tafic, Kekaetswe Moloi only started training last week.