Mochudi Centre Chiefs are champions of a preseason tournament held in Serowe over the President holidays.
Magosi sailed to the final after thrashing Miscellaneous four-nil on Sunday (July 19). Jwaneng Galaxy defeated Orapa United two-nil to the final. Ayanda Molefe’s goal in the first half of the final ensured Magosi’s victory in the final.
In the losers final, Orapa United walloped Miscellaneous 5-3. Meanwhile, the teams’ officials appreciated the tourney as it assisted them to appraise their strengths and weakness.
Assistant coach for Magosi, Zaahid Jalal said the tournament was an important opportunity for them to assess the players to see their tactical approach, fitness level and used it as preparation for Kabelano charity tournament.
The assistant coach stated that 70 per cent of target concerning beefing up their team was fulfilled. They have signed Jackie Mothatego, Mpho Kgaswane, Patrick Kaunda and Edwin Mokibe, Thatayaone Ramatlapeng and also have Charles Mutero from Caps in Zimbabwe
He said they still needed to beef up their defensive middle field, and center back right positions. Chairperson of Galaxy, Njabulo Gilika, said the tournament helped them to measure their readiness for the premier league.
Gilika said their new signings were Moreetsi Mosimanyana, Lesego Lubinda and Nigerian international, Lucky Eje. He said they still wanted to reinforce their striking force,
He said players were jellying well but said they needed at least two weeks to reach the fitness level the coach was looking for. Assistant coach Orapa united Otsile Koolese said it was their first game in the pre-season. Their new signings were Bonolo Fraizer, Olekantse Mamb, Wabuya Aebe, Lemogang Maswena.
Koolese denied reports that Hedrick Moyo and Thabang ‘Marco’ Mosige were leaving the club and reiterated that they had contracts with his side. Miscellaneous coach, Russia Chaba, said the tournament was important as they wanted to build a winning combination and beef up where they were lacking
Tactician Chaba said they were looking for the goal keeper He said three players, Pako Ketimilwe from Rollers, Kago Kwena from Letlapeng and Koopile Molemi from Sankonyo Bush Bucks had passed the trials and there were in the process of signing them.
They had already secured the services of Pelaelo Thabano from Motlakase and Master Masitara from BDF X1.
He also said they had to decide between former player Melvin ‘Tinashe’ Chipunza and Vincent Nzombe as they only had a single space for a foreign player.
Concerning the organisation of the tournament, Orapa secretary general Moemedi Moloi said the Orapa and Jwaneng mines came with the idea to start the tournament and approached Miscellaneous and Mochudi Centre Chiefs for collaboration.
He said the four teams that participated each contributed P2 270 towards the logistics of the tournament. All the teams equally shared gate takings.