Mochudi Centre Chiefs will have reason to feel distraught following fresh information that cross town rivals Township Rollers, are preparing a mouth-watering contract that midfielder Dirang Moloi could never resist to lure him to the Rollers.
Mapalastina have made their move for their long-time target and enterprising midfielder is said to be determined to complete the transfer. He wants to play football that pays, which Centre Chiefs cannot offer and the allure of Rollers will certainly prove too much to stay from.
The team as led and directed by Jagdish Shah, is reported to have promised ‘Malam’ P30 000 per month plus winning bonuses which might stretch his take home pay to close to P40 000.
It is believed that Dirang recognises Rollers as one of the country's leading clubs, capable of competing for the grandest prizes. In the event of leaving Chiefs, whom he joined from Notwane, he has always dreamt of playing for a rich paying club.
He has enjoyed his years at Magosi, where he is feted by the supporters, but feels that the time is right to move on. It is impossible to dispute the value and service that he has given to the club, with last season being his best.
Twice Magosi has sent him to overseas clubs and Rollers are lining for his capture. However the fan favourite, who has had an on and off relationship with the national team, Zebras, is still contracted to Don Bosco of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Those close to developments mention that Dirang is yet to be shocked by the stubborn position held by the Chiefs/Don Bosco duo; Chiefs will surely hate losing such a prized possession to their fiercest rivals. The Chief’s management has a reputation of being tough negotiators but for Dirang, the offer from Rollers is one that should be impossible to refuse.
Given the conditions in DRC, those close to Moloi cannot believe that Chiefs will be blocking what could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a rare talent which has unfortunately only ever flattered to deceive. It is believed that Chiefs is merely maintaining that their prized asset is not for sale, particularly to Rollers. In all essence, Dirang is worth to Mike Sithole’s team is obvious but the younger brother of Pontsho might as well be feeling that there comes a point when it is unfair to hold somebody to the terms of his contract. His deal has three years to run with Don Bosco.
The situation is not yet explosive but it is believed to have gotten under Dirang’s skin and it is threatening to turn ugly. Dirang is apparently suffering from a glute muscle problem, which has restricted him in pre-season, but it has come to seem slightly convenient as he has been in no frame of mind to play.
Chiefs’ communication manager Clifford Mogomotsi said that they expected Dirang to return to training to keep him fit while negotiations with him are ongoing. But it is highly unlikely that he will play for them unless they match Rollers offer.
Centre Chiefs seem to be breaking a sweat over persistent questions about Dirang’s future, and they have since stuck to the position that he is not available for business; repeatedly stating that it is impossible for a deal to be struck with a rival club.
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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