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Chiefs plans to buy Gilport BPL status

Former Botswana Premier League (BPL) giants, Mochudi Centre Chiefs could return to the elite league earlier than expected as the club has initiated a deal to purchase Gilport Lions league status.

P 1.5 million is the first standard negotiation price mentioned as Chiefs begins to accelerate a quick return to the premier league, having relegated just a season ago.The Mochudi based outfit is currently struggling to ascertain their return through promotion from the second tier league, with Masitaoka and Mogoditshane Fighters favourites to gain elevation.

The club executive management is now eyeing the Gilport status, a team appearing to be struggling financially to stay afloat in the top flight football.Lions is remarkably having a positive campaign despite numerous behind-the-scenes troubles with players threatening to down tools over unpaid wages. Gilport is about to finish the 2019-20 season on a respectable spot.

The financially troubled side has long been seeking to sell the club with owner Kelesitse Gilika shopping for potential buyers after falling into financial difficulty as well as trouble with the premier league demands.When the premier league campaigns commenced in August, Gilport Lions was one of the few teams to have lost points after being given a provisional license.

However, three points were deducted immediately from the club for having overdue payables as a result of defaulting on an order to the First Instance Body dated 17th January 2018. The club had overdue payables due to its former employees (players).Chiefs on the other hand has begun a robust recruitment exercise of buying players. They are rumoured to be on the verge of sealing a lucrative deal with a known business man.

Chiefs were relegated because of poor administration at board level. The team tried many times to professionalise but each attempt was beaten by the club’s society who appeared to stall processes.Mochudi Centre Chiefs sporting club was first registered in July 1974. The club was registered as a society under the Societies Act of Botswana as a football team. It is noted that the club participated in the upper league of BFA under the terms prescribed in the constitution of the association together with the confinement of the Societies Act.

Information shows that there had been numerous attempts overtime to transform the club to make it more commercially sustainable and to uplift its football performances.However, such attempts threw the club into some disgruntlements, sabotage and sporadic achievements coupled with factionalism.Between 1999 and 2003, the club proposed to form an entity known as Mochudi Centre Chiefs Limited (MCCL). The entity was formed by a team of 13 adults who at the time convinced the general membership of the high level transformational elements that needed to be implored to make the club commercially sustainable.

The general membership is said to have granted the entity portfolio responsibility to administer its affairs, commercial rights together with trading names. The club was therefore performing politically and financially under this entity until 2003.However, things took a dramatic twist when the entity called a general meeting in April of 2003. Of the 13 founding members, four members declared themselves incapacitated to continue with the administration aspects of the club.

With that, the members handed back all the properties of the club including brand name, logo and commercial rights. Amicably, the club accepted, according to information gathered by WeekendSport.  Since then, the club never made progress.



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