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Panic sets in at Chiefs

BOITUMELO KHUTSAFALO
Chiefs have fallen on hard times PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
Mochudi Centre Chiefs fans have slid into panic mode after their team plunged deeper into the relegation zone following a midweek loss, with some executive members blamed for the prevailing chaos.

Club manager, Clifford Mogomotsi did not hold back in an interview yesterday, accusing some members of plunging the club into crisis “due to some of their decisions”.

Magosi are enduring difficult moments on and off the field. The 1-0 loss to Jwaneng Galaxy on Wednesday has completely sent multitudes of their supporters into panic mode. They are now sitting at position 15 with seven points.

Mogomotsi said it is always going to be difficult for the club to do well under the current financial situation. He said in 2003, the team found itself in the same situation as today where they were struggling to get results on the field.

“In the absence of money coming into the team, we will always struggle. Some of these problems we are encountering now are the result of decisions taken by some members of this club. We will continue to honour the fixtures and see what happens going forward,” he said.

Off the field, Chiefs have also endured a difficult period with members of the club involved in a damaging internal fight.

The long running battle for the control of the club is before the court with the current committee accusing one group led by Ramocha Tsieng of contempt of court.

While the two parties await their date in court, it has emerged that a third force has now entered the fray following the team’s recent poor performances.

Some members who have been rallying behind the current executive committee are said to have lost trust in the committee. They are of the view that the current committee has run its race and should step aside

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to give way to a new committee. The stance taken by the concerned members has reportedly emanated from the recent strike by the players who refused to travel for their game against Miscellaneous over unpaid salaries.

The players downed tools at the time because they believed Chiefs, as the hosts, made a significant amount of money from the Township Rollers encounter judging by the attendance on the day. The match between Miscellaneous and Chiefs was eventually cancelled.

Chiefs have already appeared before the Premier League (BPL) Disciplinary Committee although a verdict is not yet out.

Several supporters are said to have taken a decision to pass a motion of no confidence on the current committee at the next general meeting if they do not resign.

However, Mogomotsi said they do not have any problems with the supporters voicing out their opinions but reminded them that they must be guided by the constitution. He said the old constitution, which is in use does not cater for such issues like recalling the committee.

“I am always guided by the constitution. That is why we have always said this constitution is outdated and should be amended. Sadly, we are still using a 1972 constitution,” Mogomotsi said yesterday.

He said the new constitution has been submitted to the Registrar of Societies who has advised the club to solve its matters before the courts first before the new document can be put into use.

The club had initially called for a general meeting this Saturday. Mogomotsi said they are looking at holding the meeting on December 8 if they can secure a venue.



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