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Chiefs pull out of CAF

Mochudi Centre Chiefs senior officials

The beMOBILE Premiership defending champions, Mochudi Centre Chiefs senior officials this week unanimously took a decision to pull out of the continental CAF Champions league citing lack of funds as their main reason.

The team leadership was cagey with details as the club mouthpiece Clifford Mogomotsi could only say; “yes I can confirm that we won’t be participating in the competition but we will release an official statement on Friday.”

This publication nonetheless can confirm that the decision was taken by the team leadership at a board meeting on Monday. “They met this week and the board took the decision looking at the business perspective as they are going to spend more than they will gain hence the decision was taken to pull out,” a source told this paper.

The decision however has always been coming as Magosi has been silent in the transfer window despite their thin squad. Teams normally spend at least P 300, 000 in one CAF game and still continue to foot bills for the match officials and team accommodation plus feeding. Chiefs were drawn against Mozambican side Ferroviario in the preliminaries.

The Premiership title sponsors beMoblile, in their attempts to encourage teams to participate in the CAF competitions give out a P100, 000 grant, but this could not encourage Chiefs.

Impeccable sources have revealed that as part of their reasoning the board wants the team to revive itself by fighting for domestic cups. The Kgatleng giants are currently on third position in the premiership log and they still believe that they can go all the way and defend the title in a manner similar to last season.

Again the team has a tough assignment in the Mascom Top 8 Cup which has eluded them for the past four seasons. As they were pitted against arch rivals Township Rollers in the semi-finals, the team wants to focus in the bid to eliminate their buoyant rivals.

“This was another reason; the Mascom Top 8 and if they could have been drawn against another team maybe they would continue but understanding the magnitude of facing Rollers they weighed options, though it was not the main reason,” said a source.

The Mascom cup will see the winner pocket P1.2 million while winning the league is P1 million. The last time Chiefs competed in the continental cup was in 2013 where they were eliminated by the African giants TP Mazembe by 7-1 aggregate.

With the Sayeed Jamali assisted side having pulled out, this country’s hopes will lie on the shoulders of Nicholas Zarkhem sponsored Gaborone United. In the past BDF XI threatened to pull out of the competition but they were rescued by the Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) and the expectation would be Chiefs will receive the same aid at their time of low.

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Mason Greenwood attempted rape charges dropped

2nd February 2023

Charges of attempted rape and assault have been dropped against Manchester United footballer Mason Greenwood who was arrested in January 2022 after the allegations emerged.

The 21-year-old was arrested in January last year amid allegations surrounding images and videos that emerged online.

He was later charged with attempted rape, controlling and coercive behaviour and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The Crown Prosecution Service said the charges were discontinued after a key witness withdrew their involvement.

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Raphael Varane announces retirement from international football after 10 years of service.

2nd February 2023

The Manchester United defender will now focus on his club career having made 93 caps for France, appearing at three world cups and on European championship. The Les Bleus won the World cup in 2018 and Raphael Varane started all but one of France’s matches in Qatar as they finished as runners up to Argentina

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Finally, sponsors jerk BFA

30th January 2023

With many being of the view that the state of football in Botswana has deteriorated significantly as it is no longer appealing to the business community, this was a good week for the football community. The Botswana Football Association (BFA) leadership under the stewardship of MacLean Letshwiti secured sponsorship for a combined value of P19. 3 million for the FA Cup competition and the First Division league – both South and North.

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