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Chiefs’ ownership crisis deepens

There appears to be no ceasefire between warring Mochudi Centre Chiefs factions as the team battles a poignant war of ownership and identity.

The matter is now compounded by the contrasting faces of Botswana Football Association (BFA) and its regional structures who keep on sending mixed reactions regarding the status of the team. A group commonly led by one Tsieng Ramocha has since written to BFA once again requesting the Letswhiti led administration to try and normalize the legal standing of Mochudi Centre Chiefs before the matter incapacitates the state of domestic football.

The group states that Centre Chiefs is torn apart and as a result, the two warring factions are seen to be fighting fire with fire. The letter written to BFA has implored the association to attend to the issue within 14 days, lest it is taken for further mediation with FIFA, the world football governing body. When asked for clarity, Centre Chiefs’ long standing media liaison Clifford Mogomotsi said people dwell too much in history.

He explained that all events that took place before the December 2016 court order are no longer relevant. According to him, the only explanation that his group is ready to give is about everything that happened after court. Mogomotsi said, “it is time to move on, reports that we are registered at as a trust is false, in fact we have de registered this trust last year June.”  He continued, “Just last week, the Kgatleng region ratified that we are no longer a trust, but exist only as a society.”

The lingering negotiations about the club, once reached Lobatse high court for legal redress. Information shows that the court ordered both parties to form a transitional committee that was later tasked with conducting a thorough financial audit between periods of 2007 and June 2017. But as the club rumbles through different phases, it is noted that the court still recognizes Mochudi Centre Chiefs as a society.

WeekendSport has also discovered that the said transition never worked together as per the court order. Both parties continued to take a swipe at each other. A party known to have registered the Trust is said to have refused the auditing exercise- a claim one opposing group has shown in the letter that is now in the hands of BFA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mfolo Mfolo.

While Ramocha’s group continues to claim that the trust was never dissolved, a team which comprises of Mogomotsi and Raymond Tsheko among others say Chiefs has already done away with the matter and, in process, has affiliated as a society at the BFA. This is evidently supported by a BFA letter authored by one Setete Phuthego on APRIL 10 2018 that in indeed Centre Chiefs is affiliated as a society.

“This serves to confirm that Mochudi Centre Chiefs Sporting Club has affiliated to the Botswana Football Association as a society. This information is contained in CAF club licensing application which has been submitted to the first instance body and subsequently accepted by the same committee,” reads part of the letter.

Notwithstanding that, the other group still questions the authenticity and reliability of the Mogomotsi group. They are saying there are no records that show that the trust has been dissolved, and if indeed this has happened, the National Executive Committee (NEC), as per procedure, should be the one body accepting and ratifying the change and not the regional structure.

It is why on the 17th of April 2018, the acting Secretary General of Kgatleng region Mirror Pilane wrote asking for the umpteenth time for the club to clarify its affiliation status. The letter further explained that “as per the Kgatleng records, of club affiliation of 31st MAY 2017, Mochudi Centre Chiefs affiliation is recorded as a trust.” While the meditation is believed to have reached Bogosi at Kgatleng, there seems to be no conclusion ahead. Is Chiefs a society or a Trust? The question is yet to be conclusively answered.

Chronology of events

11 November 2013
Chiefs attempts to dissolve society

4th December 2013
Civil and National Registration asks Chiefs to submit a copy of constitution
Also asks for annual returns for 2012-2013

24th March 2014
Chiefs registered as Trust,  Kgatleng Regional FA informed

28th April 2014
Chiefs  Trust affiliation status accepted, pays P 5000

27th April 2015
BFA confirms Chiefs Trust

10th June 2016
BFA asks Chiefs to clarify affiliation status

20th July 2016
Chiefs SOCIETY says it was never dissolved

12th December 2016
The matter goes to court

22 February 2017
Chiefs transitional committee formed

30th June 2017
Chiefs attempt to dissolve the trust

10th April 2018
BFA confirms Chiefs as Society

17th April 2018
Kgatleng region says Chiefs is still a trust

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