BTC premiership Kgatleng outfit Mochudi Centre Chiefs are currently experiencing their worst start to the season in years. By all means the first round of the 2017/18 season has not been good and rather embarrassing to Magosi.
This weekend, Magosi face yet another challenge when they face a hard pressed TAFIC FC at the Francistown Sports Complex. Chiefs clearly need a turn around strategy to reverse their fortunes this season and this will include revamping almost all their departments. This past Tuesday, Magosi played a 1-1 draw against BDF XI, which left them on the relegation zone of 15th position with only six points.
Carer taker coach Innocent Morapedi is currently in charge of one of the most dejected squads in the premier league and pulling the team out of the relegation zone will not be an easy task. After seven games Magosi have only one win, three draws and three losses. Once feared for their offensive play and robust midfield, Magosi seem to be a shell of their former selves. Having experienced a difficult 2016/17 season under Zimbabwean coach
Bongani Mafu, Magosi seemed destined for another bumpy ride this season.
However, last season Magosi merely scraped through and interjected them into the lucrative top eight-position meaning they will be in the season’s high stakes Mascom Top eight tournament. Under Mafu and with little resources in their camp, Magosi managed to win 11 games and lost 11 times, with eight draws to boot. The 2016/17season saw Magosi mounting a comeback to beat the likes of BDF XI and sensational rookies Black Forest.
This season the Magosi faithful will be waiting with baited breath to see if their hero will stage yet another comeback from the relegation abyss. During the last transfer window the Kgatleng outfit lost a total of six key players to their rivals. Some of the big names who parted ways with the club include striker Jerome Ramatlhakwane, winger Ayanda Molefhe, Lesego Molemogi, Gaopatwe Seosenyeng, Dirang Moloi and Arnold Mampori.
Moreover, shallow pockets meant Chiefs did not go shopping during the last transfer window.
However, Morapedi’s war chest remains deep, as they have retained the likes of free scoring Tendai Nyamadzawo, Lesego Lubinda, Khumoetsile Kufugwa, Goitseone Legopelo, Thayaone Ramatlapeng, Lesego Galenamotlhale and Jabu Pilane. Nevertheless, there is still a lot to play for in the first round of the season as Chiefs are lagging behind with only a few points. Morapedi and his charges just need two straight wins to land in the middle of the log standings.