Mochudi Centre Chiefs head Coach, Bongani Mafu is believed to be treading on thin ice at the Kgatleng outfit after club wonder boy, Dirang Moloi retaliated to the coach giving him “rest” two weeks ago- Moloi has not pitched up for training following the incident, fuelling speculation that there is a widening rift between him and the coach.
However, club spokesperson, Clifford Mogomotsi refuted the reports, rather talking about the need to rotate the squad and the long standing issue that the Chiefs prodigal son has a recurring injury. ‘‘It is not true that Dirang has a problem with the coach or the team, he was not selected like any other player on the day, but you should also remember that at Chiefs we encourage rotation of players.’’
He continued, ‘‘I cannot talk about the issue of resting players, it does not hold water.’’ But Centre Chiefs highly placed sources say the management was berate at Mafu’s decision to leave out Moloi from the match day squad. The club that day lost two crucial points against fellow struggler, BDF XI. The club has had a bad start of the 2016-17 season and finds itself at the bottom of the log standings, meanwhile the battle for redemption intensifies.
However, it is said Moloi has returned to training and available for selection. The club says they do not owe him and is doing its level best to keep each and every player happy. Moloi is synonymous with his sudden disappearances at the club. Late last year, he was suspended for allegedly asking for his unpaid dues.
For some time now, the entire Chiefs family is mindful to treat every situation involving Moloi with caution. They once lost the player to rivals; Township Rollers, after failing to match Jagdish Shah’s offer while still on loan to DRC giants; Don Bosco.
At that time, conditions at the troubled DRC were harsh and those close to Moloi could not believe that Chiefs would be blocking what could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a talent that had suddenly gone to waste. It was believed that Chiefs was merely maintaining that their prized asset was not for sale, particularly to Rollers.
When he moved to Rollers, Dirang’s worth to Centre Chiefs team was obvious but the younger brother of Pontsho felt that it was time he took up other opportunities. While the situation at Magosi is not yet explosive, it is believed to have reached the team’s management and the coach has been warned. Moloi has had a muscle problem, which restricted him mid-season, but he has been in a good frame of mind to play. The club has announced some reinforcements in the squad, including the much talked about Namibian attacker, Absalom Iimbondi from Tigers FC.
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