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Piro returns to Chiefs

Former Mochudi Centre Chiefs captain, Pontsho ‘Piro’ Moloi is poised to return to the team as Magosi seeks to boost their technical department. According to sources, Moloi returns to Chiefs as assistant coach to Bongani Mafu.


The team leadership believes Moloi is the right man for the job having played for the side for 10 years, sources have told WeekendSport. Magosi, have in the first five games only registered one victory (4-0) against Mahalapye Hotspurs last weekend, losing one and drawing three. This slow start, according to those within the Kgatleng based camp, has compelled the management and other stakeholders to call on the services of their retired captain to assist.


Sources say, the Zimbabwean gaffer who was brought on board in July this year, is said to be in the dark as far as the team’s culture and arsenal is concerned. It is believed that once Moloi is on board, he will interpret to the team mentor the basics, as well as help him with strategies. “Lesego (Galenamotlhale) has been the one helping the coach with selection,” a source disclosed, further adding, “but this created frosty relations between him and other players as they felt he was overlooking them during selections, so he suggested to the leadership to look for someone who can do the job and that’s how Pontsho came into the picture for technical matters.”


Moloi was not available for comment as his mobile phone rang unanswered, however, he is said to be more than ready for the task since he recently completed his class C coaching license. However, Chiefs Communications Head Clifford Mogomotsi revealed: “For now we are still weighing options we wanted him to help in the administration department especially as the brand manager because he is a role model and can also assist the team business wise, but it appears he has a passion for coaching, and we will let him decide, you should remember that he is part of the family.”  


He further highlighted that if he (Moloi) joins the technical department it would not necessarily mean that he will be assistant coach but “his presence in the dressing room will bear fruit because he has been with these players before and they respect him, he even motivated some of them as their role model and he is in our structure even the training he attends”.


Meanwhile, some still hold that Moloi is bound to take over form Innocent Morapedi as complaints are growing over Morapedi’s work commitments which limit him from being with team daily at during training. Moloi who joined Magosi from Notwane has been baptized to be the team’s protégé and steered Chiefs dominance in 2006, winning six trophies (four league cups, one FA cup and Kabelano Charity Cup). This achievement made him the most successful captain in the local game.

When he announced his retirement from the game, Chiefs maintained that they would not “throw him away like any other player” who donned the black and white colours. “We will meet as the board and see how best to assist him, either as team manager or in one of the administration portfolios, Piro is a prized asset to us,” Mogomotsi had said after Moloi’s retirement.


However, the only hold up with him joining back the team sooner rather than later has been the financial hardship the team is under since Sayeed Jamali pulled out as financier.  Other teams like Gaborone United, BDF XI, Police XI, and Township Rollers are currently using their former players in the technical arm of the team.


Meanwhile Chiefs will face Jwaneng Galaxy tomorrow in the quarter finals of the Mascom Top 8 and according to Mogomotsi they are well and ready for the challenge though it is a mountain to climb. “We are ready for Galaxy this weekend the team is ready and we will do our best, Noah (Maposa) and Dirang (Moloi) are also back to training after sustaining injuries in our last game.”

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