A Royalty that should not be kicking dust

Mochudi centre chiefs players. PIC PHATSIMO KAPENG
Mochudi centre chiefs players. PIC PHATSIMO KAPENG

A chief is a revered figure in most African societies. Back in the day, chiefs would be carried around in some wooden chair. A commoner would even take responsibility or ownership when the chief breaks the wind.

But there is no respect for chiefs in football. In football, a chief is responsible for his own actions and is not carried around as a sign of respect and honour. The chief is beaten, stomped and left for dead. Respect and honour is earned on the pitch, it’s not hereditary. In football, democracy, where the rule of all is equal before the law, prevails. Royalty matters little. Mochudi Centre Chiefs, local football’s royalty, can attest to that. The decorated Kgatleng side is kicking dust in the less fashionable First Division league.

Their fans, one of the most passionate, are forced to sing victory songs amid rising clouds of dust in the sweltering heat. Some carry a quart of their favourite beverage to quench their thirst as they belt out tune after tune with the hope it will spur their side back to the Premier League venues, where there are VIP sections, covered stands and bucket seats. In lower division grounds, VIP treatment is alien. It’s a one size fits all where hands are used as umbrellas to shield fans from the effects of the sun.

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