Magosi endure a rough season

Legwatagwata Kheme
Tuesday, 18 April 2017
Magosi endure a rough season

The 1-0 loss BTC premiership outfit Mochudi Centre Chiefs suffered at the hands of  rival  league  newbies  Jwaneng Galaxy, provided a peep into their tumultuous 2016/17 season  campaign so far. For the Kgatleng giants the 2016/17 season has been a long and tedious campaign. The   limping league giants have enjoyed relatively premiership success in the past 17 years but Magosi are now in danger of finishing  out  of  the  top  8 for  the  first  time in recent  history.

In the past decade, the Kgatleng outfit has won four championships and twice participated in African safari competitions including the Champions League. Chiefs are currently in position 8 after 20  games  having  lost   and  won  seven  games   including  six  draws.It was  not  only  on  the  pitch that Chiefs found  success, as  the  Kgatleng  giants  produced  and  sold star players abroad with strikers Jarome Ramatlhakwane and midfielder Dirang Moloi  as  recent  examples. However head coach Bongani Mafu’s  team has  huffed and puffed to grind results and  systemetically lost to premier league rookies Black Forest and  relative  newcomers Jwaneng Galaxy FC. This week, sources close  to  Magosi said a Top 8 finish  will  be  close to a miracle  for  the  Kgatleng  outfit  who  might  even find themslves  warding  off  relegation with only nine games until  the  season  concludes. “Senior players at  the  team are hardly attending  training sessions due to delayed  payments. Players  cannot train on a full time basis because management is failing to honour the promises they made,” a source  who  prefers  anonymity said.

“In the process this has only left few players who hardly feature in their games turning-up for training a development that has put their tactician Bongani Mafu between a rock and a hard place especially during match days as far as team selection is concerned.” Further reports  are   that some senior players only turn-up hours before kickoff  at  games, which allegedly forces the Zimbabwean gaffer, Mafu to select them  soley based on their experience.

To make matters worse since parting ways with their financiers the Jamali family, Chiefs management have been moving from pillar to post in search of a training ground. Another source whispered that there is internal wrangling within team management, which has only made matters worse for the Kgatleng outfit.
Nevertheless, Magosi spokesperson recently said they will do everything to avoid relegation and finish in the  Top 8. “Injuries have done us no favours this season, let alone financial issues which we are faced with. We had potential investors in December whom we had already started negotiating with but when they learnt of our court cases, they asked us to put our house in order first,”  Mogomotsi  said  this  week.

With nine games left for the BTC Premiership season to end Mochudi Centre Chiefs are placed on 8th spot with 27 points equal to Gaborone United and Police XI.

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