When log leaders Mochudi Centre Chiefs visit Mogoditshane Fighters in a beMOBILE Premier League match scheduled for UB Stadium this afternoon, all eyes will be on the returning midfield maestro Dirang Moloi.
The multi-talented midfielder last appeared in Chiefs’ colours two years ago before he went on loan to the then South African Premier League club Vasco Da Gama. Upon his arrival here in May last year, Chiefs’ supporters celebrated thinking that their prodigal son was back.
Then followed news that Moloi had signed a two year contract with Notwane. Since then, he has not played competitive football arguing that he has not penned any deal with Toronto. When Chiefs sought his services in January this year, they were met by resistance from Notwane and the matter was taken to the Botswana Football Association (BFA) Players Status Committee. The matter dragged for months before he was declared a free agent last week by the Status Committee.
All along, Moloi has been training with Chiefs. When most of Chiefs’ supporters thought that they would see their prodigal son in action against Peace Makers in the Coca-Cola Cup last weekend that was not the case. The midfielder was left behind as he was still sorting out a few things.
This week, Moloi has been hard at training and it has been confirmed that he will play a role when they take on Fighters today.
Finally, Chiefs’ supporters will have a glimpse of a player who is capable of tearing apart any team. While his fitness is questionable having not played active football for 14 months now, Moloi insists that he is ready to show his class.
“I’ve been waiting for long and I’ve no doubt I’m ready to shine. I’m itching for action and it’s all up to the coach (Madinda Ndlovu) to make a decision on whether to start with me or bring me on later,” said Moloi from his residence in Extension 27, Gaborone, on Friday morning.
He praised Chiefs’ management, technical staff, players and supporters for the love they have given him during the time when he was on the sidelines. “I don’t know how I can express my gratitude to the Chiefs’ family. They’ve been with me all the way but I think giving my best on match days is all I can do. I can tell that they’re happy that my issue has been finalized,” he added.
Moloi pointed out that Chiefs are an oiled machine right now and it is going to be difficult for the opposition to stop them. He said Ndlovu and his technical team have done a fantastic job to keep the star-studded team happy.
“Everyone at Chiefs deserves to start but it has been difficult. The coach (Ndlovu) has created a friendly environment for all the players which is good. I’ve never played under him but he has been treating me well for the three months I’ve been training with the team. I take him like a father because he has a healthy relationship with his players,” he said.
Quizzed on whether Chiefs can sweep all the three available cups in Botswana football, Moloi said they have their destiny in their own hands. “The only team which can beat Chiefs now is Chiefs themselves. Teams can come up with our line-up but still they fail to beat us. That goes to show that we only have ourselves to blame if we can’t win any silverware. I believe I can contribute to the success of this club,” he said.
Moloi admitted that it has been frustrating to watch from the sidelines but he says he is ready to make up for the lost time. He pointed out that it has been regrettable that Notwane claimed that he had a contract with them while they knew that it was not true.
“I have huge respect for Notwane but what they did to me was unfair. I think the fact that I was declared a free agent showed that they did not have a case. I want to focus on reviving my career again,” he said.
The return of Moloi is good news to the national team coach Stanley Tshosane who has been short of creative midfielders.