CHIEFS PRESIDENT: McLean Letshwiti is one of the cofounders of Mochudi Center Chiefs Limited registered in 1999
An intense battle is simmering behind Mochudi Centre Chiefs closed doors following the mysterious way in which the team registered two companies in a period of 15 years.
WeekendSport has established that the two documents are lying in the office of the Companies and Intellectual Properties Authority (CIPA) (formerly known as Registrar of Companies and Intellectual Properties (ROCIP); one known as Mochudi Centre Chiefs Limited as registered on the 10th of December 1999 while the other company is known as Mochudi Centre Chiefs (PTY) Limited and was registered on the 19 of May 2014.
The December 1999 Company is reported to own a piece of land (with title deed) and was co-founded by 12 members. Of the 12 members, this publication has managed to turn out at least four persons: Kgafela Kgafela, McLean Letshwiti, Matshidiso Kowa and Simon Mmopi. As for the 2014 company, no names are mentioned as a matter of fact, but is highly rumoured that both Ernest Molome and Tsheko Raymond are the minds behind it.
Following the realisation by the Companies Authority that they have been dealing with two entities which by law are supposed to be one thing, a communiqué was sent at the close of last year to both companies to sort themselves out before the Registrar uses its powers to solve the matter. Both companies had requested the Registrar to give them some time to deal with the matter but the Authority seemingly poured cold water over the request.
The letter from the Authority letter dated 12th December 2014, reads in part: “We regret to inform you that after some discussions and further consultation, your request to be given another three months to resolve the matter between Mochudi Center Chiefs Limited and Mochudi Center Chiefs (Pty) Ltd has been unsuccessful.
We therefore advice that you apply for a change of name, which if not done in 20 working days from the date of this letter, the Authority will change the company name as empowered by section 35.” In essence, the Authority will change the name of the second company.
Information though not boldly maintained, is that the second company directors have since appealed the Authority’s letter and if push comes to shove, the matter will now head to the courts of law. Several attempts to reach an official at Authority’s office, Boitumelo Ketshwerebothata, drew blanks as her direct line rang unanswered. She was to explain how it came about that the team registered two companies under their watch. But information coming from the Authority is that they have since admitted that they humanly erred.
As the matter awaits a painful verdict, another question springs forth as to whether the Kgatleng giants are deemed as a society club or a club wholly owned by a company. WeekendSport has intercepted yet another letter forwarded to the Companies and Intellectual Properties Authority dated November 11 2013, asking them to dissolve the society known as Mochudi Center Chiefs Sporting Club.
Upon receiving chiefs’ communication, the registrar then replied them on the 4th of December 2013 that they cannot allow them to dissolve the society unless they comply by submitting annual returns as from 2012 to 2013. According to the correspondence, Chiefs was given 90 days to comply or the request shall face disapproval as read in the societies act 18, section 7.
It happened that the request by Chiefs to dissolve a society hit a brick wall on March of 2014 and two months later the same group of people proceeded to registrar of companies to apply for a company name that has now set the fire burning inside their house. Attempts to reach Mc Lean Letshwiti were unsuccessful while Matshidiso Kowa refused altogether to furnish this publication with details.
However, Chiefs spokesperson Clifford Mogomotsi admitted that there is a case in relation with two companies but mentions that it is not yet for public consumption. “Yes this is an internal matter and we are still dealing with it. We will call all of you to give update once the matter is thoroughly dealt with,” he said.
The Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development, Tumiso Rakgare, is eager to lead crunch talks that will consequently see Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC) and Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) becoming one authoritative sport entity.
The appointment of one Tuelo Serufho to the plum position of BNSC Chief Executive Officer two week ago has further catalysed the intention to merge the sports bodies to avoid the long standing complaints of duplication of roles by the two.
Serufho was replacing Falcom Sedimo whose contract was not renewed.Serufho, ironically is the longest serving CEO of BNOC and also a board member of BNSC.“One of our aims is to form a robust sport body to centralize and improve decision making processes and maybe the time to resuscitate BNSC/BNOC merger is now,” Rakgare briefly shared.
The impending move is highly meant to improve effective functioning, governance and performance of sports in the country both locally and globally.Should this see the light of day, Botswana would have done itself a favour and it would start sending a handful of athletes to international competitions.
The amalgamation of BNSC/BNOC talks have been in the pipelines but discussions were aborted two years ago without clear reasons. The creation of this all-encompassing sport institution is overdue according to the minister.
“It is in fact our mandate to make sure this happens, it is overdue and by next year we hope to have finalised our position paper,” Rakgare added.The creation of the looming body is borne out of lessons learnt from various sports governance models around the world.
In South Africa, the sports ministry facilitated discussions to merge National Olympic Committee of South Africa (NOCSA) and the South African Sports Commission. Their authoritative sports body is now called South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC).
With the South African model well in place, Botswana is urged to bench mark and create a sport body as a civic society-based organisation as required by the statutes of international sports bodies.The name of the local sport body is mooted and the minister refused to give a hint. But he is optimistic that the body will be the vanguard organization of sport in the country.
He emphasized that the sports organisation should be a purposeful guardian for governance and management of sports and be the required defining figure of the role of sports in Botswana’s communities.Talks to revamp and rebuild these sports bodies come at a time when BNSC is restructuring.
When Sedimo was still at the helm, he wanted to phase out some positions which he felt were unnecessary.BNSC receive close to 53 million Pula as grants from the government through the Ministry of Youth, Sports development and Culture empowerment while BNOC takes a figure a closer to that.
Township Rollers is anticipated to spent around P 50 000 to expatriate their foreign based players amid ravaging corona virus threats. The club, in collaboration with the Football Union of Botswana (FUB) tested Francis Afriyie, Fabian Assagou Guy and Kamogelo Matsabu before they can head to their native countries.
The trio are awaiting the results which are all expected to come out negative, following which they will immediately board planes to their various destinations. Afriyie was a Rollers striker from Ghana.
Matsabu, regarded the darling of the club is heading back to South Africa while Guy signed by the club but has never impressed, will board a plane back to Ivory Coast.It is likely that both Matsabu and Guy will return as they are still contracted to Rollers. However, Afriyie will not return after failing Rollers litmus test.
The striker failed to break into the starting 11 of head coach Frank Nuttall for the season and it appeared that frustration got to him. And when it finally knocked him down, the striker in a rough and unexpected remonstration stormed out of the bench while a Rollers game was on.
The former Gho Maria striker penned a two year deal in January and it is rumoured that his contract was heavily incentivized, catapulting him to being one of the highest paid players at Rollers.His end of season departure will now put a serious question mark over Rollers’ recruitment policy.
He becomes the fourth foreign striker to fail the club examinations and released while on contract. Before him was, Mthokosize Msomi from South Africa, Terrence Mandawa from Tanzania and Fabian Mbowa from Ivory Coast. Msomi and Mandawa’s release were sanctioned by former coach Nikola Kavazovic. Mbowa is loaned to Police XI to create space and playing opportunity for the now departing Afriyie.
Releasing Afriyie will now mean that the club’s striking woes continue. Rollers management complained at times last season at the lack of productivity from their strikers but they hoped that striker Tumisang Orebonye and other targeted signings, aided perhaps by Edwin Moalosi who remains on the books, could fire an upturn.
However, it was never meant to be as they finished the season second behind league winners, Jwaneng Galaxy.
Black Leopards head coach, Joel Masutha, is reported to have orchestrated a move that could see mid fielder-cum-striker, Mogakolodi Tsotso Ngele, being dropped by Leopards.
WeekendSport has learnt that the coach summoned the Zebras former captain to a one-on-one meeting a month ago to relay the bad news. It is reported that Masutha told the player that he is surplus to requirement and therefore he will not be selected for any game unless he opts to leave.
Reports further state that Tsotso was not encouraged to fight for his position but instead was told that there are better players to be tasked with scoring responsibilities and helping the club to dodge the dreaded relegation axe.Ngele therefore is waiting for his contract to expire before plotting his next move. He is said to be torn between playing for one more year in South Africa and coming to Botswana to play for high paying Township Rollers.
The Rollers decision will once again hinge on his private business which he would love to monitor closely. He owns a sports clothing label where he already signed a two year deal with Notwane FC.Ngele’s career at Leopards blew hot and cold. He only enjoyed his stay when his former coach Calvin Johnson was at the helm.
He played in crucial matches and his stunning free kick against log leaders Kaizer Chiefs is still remembered by his followers.However, there have been many other factors at play.It is said Ngele’s future at Thohoyandou- a location where Black Leopards is based- encountered problems of many kinds. His future is believed to have been dulled by injuries and a confidence that strangely refused to bloom.
The player is also said to have broken ranks with Leopards management where he shocked them when playing for the senior national team last year albeit claiming to be suffering from a thigh injury. Ngele had signed a two year deal, but as things stand, the left footed midfielder is heading out as his contract staggers to an end. He is believed to be earning close to R80 000 after tax deductions.
The lifestyle and living conditions at Thohoyandou are also seen as factors that further complicate Ngele’s situation hence the sudden collapse of concentration in football.Ngele is said to be represented by Tim Sukazi who still hopes that the player’s breakthrough career is worth fighting for.
When signed by high spending Mamelodi Sundowns almost 5 years ago, he was represented by Mike Makaab, also a renowned football agent in South Africa.It is growing precarious for Ngele who was chained for longer spells at Sundowns.
But when a move to Leopards was announced, there was a high expectation that the player was nearing his revolutionary season.