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Chiefs deny Makhwengwe link

Mochudi Centre Chiefs have denied reports linking them to Prison XI coach, Philemon Makhwengwe, who is said to be on the way to replace their current mentor, Bongani Mafu.

There have been allegations that their inexperienced mentor, Mafu might part ways with the Kgatleng outfit before the league starts. Chiefs’ spokesperson, Clifford Mogomotsi downplayed the strategy of dumping the Zimbabwean born coach, where reports said Makhwengwe has, behind closed doors, been approached as a possible replacement to Mafu. ‘‘As far as we are concerned Mafu remains our coach, all what he needs is support,’’ said Mogomotsi. He further denied ever approaching Makhwengwe.

But WeekendSport has learnt that Mafu’s situation with Centre Chiefs is precarious.  It is reported that the club has failed to pay him his monthly dues for several months during the last campaign, and that is why the Zimbabwean gaffer is thinking twice about his Centre Chiefs job. Reports suggest that Mafu wants his outstanding balances before the team can renegotiate with him. Uncharacteristically, Chiefs Spokesperson did concede that the club owed Mafu, and it is why they are still locked down in negotiations. “Yes we owe him, we are really struggling with finances, and it not a joke,” he admitted.

Sources further say that indeed the club has made a closed contract with Makhwengwe, who is unfortunately asking more than chiefs cannot afford. Acording to sources, Makhwengwe wants to be paid a salary of P20 000, if Chiefs are serious about prizing him away. The former Botswana Football Association (BFA) technical education officer is believed to be enjoying free accommodation with Prison XI, a team playing in the First division tier. Magosi believe Makhwengwe, pricey is the right coach to work with long standing team’s assistant coach Innocent Morapedi together with Pontsho Moloi- an instrumental former player of the Kgatleng outfit.

Makhwengwe possesses the CAF A coaching license and has won a Coca-Cola Cup with perennial premier league campaigners Gaborone United. Makhwengwe conceded to have received offers from Uniao Flamengo Santos, Black Forest, and lately Mochudi Centre Chiefs. He however said he cannot comment beyond this as he referred this publication to the club chairman. The man, by the name Mokento declined to comment. Lately, the Kgatleng outfit has experienced an exodus as some of their players have dumped them for greener pastures. However, having narrowly made it into the Top 8 tournament, Magosi have tried to recruit available quality to help turn the club’s fortune around.

The team has announced the signing of former Township Rollers anchor, Lawrence Majawa among others. He is said to be ready to show case his experience while his looming combination with club captain, Lesego Galenamotlhale is already keeping Magosi on their toes.

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