Local football side refutes Motsepe takeover
The financially struggling Kgatleng giants, Mochudi Centre Chiefs has refuted allegations suggesting that the soccer team will be acquired by South African born multi-millionaire tycoon, Patrice Motsepe. Motsepe who owns the reigning African champions, Mamelodi Sundowns is also a cousin to the Bakgatla royal heir, Kgafela Kgafela.
Allegations became rife as the new eight-man transitional committee comes into effect with the club next month. Based on the new development, the old committee which was made up of Ernest Molome and Clifford Mogomotsi among others will relinquish their powers to the new committee dubbed transitional committee that comprises of Christopher Molomo (chairman), Raymond Tsheko (additional member), Reuben Lekorwe (secretary general), Lebogang Sebone ( vice secretary general), Tebogo Madisa (treasurer) Pollen Makgale (vice chairman), Kitso Maswena (additional member) and Aaron Ramosako (additional member).
This week the chairman of Mochudi Centre Chiefs Trust, Raymond Tsheko rubbished the Motsepe allegations dismissing them as untruthful.
“It’s just talk, there is no such thing. There will be no Motsepe in our team,” said Tsheko curtly. Furthermore, Tsheko remained hopeful that the new changes at the club will bring about unity adding that players will be briefed regarding these latest developments.”All the players are with us. As the club we have not received any official writing from other clubs seeking permission to talk to our players.”
“Yes, we owe some of our players and have outstanding issues that need addressing. However, it is through this new committee that we seek to bring stability to the Centre Chiefs ship.”
Meanwhile, the newly unveiled chairman of the transitional committee, Christopher Molomo said they are working around the clock to redeem the verve and image of Kgatleng outfit. However, for them to equally do the task assigned to them as per the court order, he said will require a sense of trust, adding that they will undertake a financial audit from 2007 to date, so as to be able to put things in proper perspective.
“We have to look at the finances to see how the team finances have been used from 2007 to date.” Angry Chiefs fans are of the view that some members of the trust have personally benefited from the club’s monies. Further developments are that members of the club are also expected to be briefed about the future of the club and possibly the new financier in August during the Annual General Meeting (AGM).