The Mochudi Centre Chiefs takeover campaign and the club’s possible return to the elite league has resurfaced once more after the newly appointed committee agreed to meet with relevant stakeholders who have the potential to re-boot negotiations from a new corner.
It is reported that the committee — led by business guru Edwin Mothulatshipi — has been given a new mandate to strengthen dialogues where the club will transform from a society to a football company.
The committee? which is believed to be closely related to the club’s founding members? officially raised their hand for the first time since last month’s elections, in an attempt to end a more than a decade spell of Chiefs ownership.
The committee is keen on pinning their hopes on reaching an agreement with both Matshidiso Kowa and Tsieng Ramotlhwa because of their status and good standing as former Chiefs administrators.
Moreover, Kowa and Ramotlhwa are appointed nominees of Mochudi Center Chiefs Pty Ltd, as per Companies and Intellectual Property Authority (CIPA) records. It is believed that the two and few others understand well the rich history of the club and can play a pivotal role on how and why Chiefs should be privatised.
The committee is urged to make significant steps so that the club can have an opportunity to develop their 7 hectare piece of land located on the outskirts of Mochudi. The club aspires to build a stadium and a shopping complex as the plan awaits approval and endorsement by Mochudi populace.
Former club Chairman, Thapelo Tsheole, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of Stock Exchange, appeared to have grown exasperated when he tried to transform the club. He was surprised when he tried to register a commercial footballing company on behalf of Mochudi Center Chiefs.
Reports say he deliberately chose the ‘Mochudi Centre Chiefs’ name because of its popularity as it remains a brand country wide. He found out that the company name already exists and is under the directorship of both Kowa and Ramotsha, something that sucked out his confidence.
This is the same company that had seven directors namely; Victor Kowa as the Executive Chairman, Ezekeil Mooki who was appointed the Technical Director, Serake Mfollwe holding the post of Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Simon Mmopi coming as Director of Development, MacLean Letshwiti holding the fort as Director of Finance, Sexton Kowa who was Youth Development Director and Kgafela Kgafela who occupied the post of Director of Legal Affairs and Board Secretary.
When approached for clarity, Olebile Sikwane who is the club’s Vice Chairman and doubling as the Public Relations Officer said it is high time the club traverses the transformation route. He said in fact it is their mandate to give the club to investors to make it a popular brand again.
“Yes we want to transform this beautiful brand; this club has a lot of assets. It needs people who share the same vision and values to take it forward…. And we want to do that,” Sikwane shared. Mochudi Centre Chiefs sporting club was first registered in July of 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 with a view 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.
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