Botswana: Chiefs Interim Committee Face Difficult Task

Mochudi — The new Mochudi Centre Chiefs interim committee led by Thapelo Tsheole has a difficult task ahead as the Debswana First Division South team dreams of returning to its glory days.

It became apparent during the annual general meeting (AGM) in Mochudi on August 18 that it will not be an easy walk into the park for a team given 12 months to complete numerous tasks.

Addressing supporters, former team chairperson, Raymond Tsheko said the team should be transformed into a professional entity, saying the current set up had failed to improve the level of football in the country.

Club licensing requires teams to have offices and they should not owe players their salaries but Chiefs has debts.

However, it became clear during the meeting that the transformation from a society to a company will not be easy, as already there is Mochudi Centre Chiefs (Pty) Limited.

Supporters wanted to know the directors, but this was never made clear, save to task the committee with finding the best model that will suit the team.

In 2010 during an AGM held at Molefi Senior Secondary School, a decision was made to transform the team into a company, but the Mochudi Centre Chiefs Society, the one affiliated to Botswana Football Association (BFA), was never dissolved.

Several supporters said had this been undertaken, Chiefs could have never faced financial difficulties and never relegated.

Former committee members testified that it had been impossible for them to source sponsors or financial partners for the team while it remained a society. An important and urgent task was the registration of players, and according to Tsheko, by Saturday they had only registered four players and the transfer window ends on Friday.

Without funding, however, this will not be easy as there is no money to pay transfer fees, although coach Edwin Masire and others have been busy recruiting youngsters in and outside Kgatleng.

Tsheko said they had hoped to use the Debswana celebrations to gauge the players, adding that the appearance fee could have also assisted the team.

Another task is the clearing and preparation of the football field to be used during the upcoming season. The field, dubbed Skanska Stadium, has been idle for many years.

Some supporters were of the opinion that the company should be the one running the team while the committee undertook other tasks as they had a lot to do.

The committee has been given six months to handover a progress report.

Earlier, Kgosi Bana Sekai presented his lobby list and supporters only approved Tsheole as the chairperson.

Supporters had made it clear that no one associated with either Tsheko or Ramocha Tsie should be roped into the committee.

Other members are Ronald Modikane, deputy chairperson, Seete Modisane, secretary, Timothy Sefakwe, vice-secretary, Tosh Seleke, team manager, while Pollen Makgale, Pius Malau and John Marumo are additional members.

Source : BOPA

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