| June 27, 2013

Finally, the takeover of Mochudi Centre Chiefs by businessman Sayed Jamali has been given warm blessing s by the club’s stakeholders, especially the supporters and Mochudi elders alike. The historical decision was officially made this past Sunday, June 23, at the village’s only senior secondary school, Molefhi.

Now Chiefs can proudly associate with the other commercialised clubs like Gaborone United and Township Rollers whose major shareholders are businessmen Nicholas Zackhem and Jagdish Shah respectively.    For some time now, Botswana football authorities have craved commercialisation of local soccer and the entry of Chiefs into the ranks will surely please them as it marks another step towards professionalism.

Formed way back in 1972 and registered as a society, Chiefs have now been given the green light and will transform into Mochudi Centre Chiefs Private Limited Company. The major shareholder, Jamali, has been sold a massive sixty percent stake into the team, with thirty percent awaiting other interested parties and a further ten percent reserved for the club’s supporters. The club supporters’ shares will be administered through a trust fund to be called Mochudi Centre Chiefs Supporters Trust Fund. Should the thirty percent stake reserved for business investors find no buyer for the next two months, MacLean Letshwiti has offered to make a swoop for it.

The multitudes that thronged the club’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) braved the chilly weather from as far flung places like Orapa and Francistown and heard that the club shall remain a Mochudi outfit even with the sale. Under the new dispensation, the club will also employ full time staff headed by an Operations Manager. On a separate note Jamali has given the supporters trust a waiver for the next two years not to contribute anything towards the administration of the team. This move will see Chiefs now utilising the Duma FM field as a training ground, with Jamali also undertaking to pay players salaries and house rentals.
The team will procure a forty-seater bus which will transport players for their various engagements, especially games. Speaking shortly after the AGM that took almost the whole day, the equally excited Chiefs chairman Ernest  Molome – who has led the club as a chairman for the past seven years and turned around its fortunes – said “I have been courting Jamal since last year November and I made sure I play my cards close to my chest as I wanted to share with the public at the right time. I am very excited that finally this marriage has finally come to pass.

As the chairman, I have fulfilled my dreams of not only turning this team into a private company, but also into an entity that will now be admired by everyone. He further asserted that the team’s name shall not change, and neither will their traditional black and white stripe. The club’s spokes person Clifford Mogomotsi said their majority investor has indicated that in the near future he will build a stadium in Ntshinoge ward, Mochudi where they have a big portion of land. This move will see Chiefs playing their games in their own back yard and Kgatleng residents will be happy to cease travelling to Gaborone or Molepolole for their home games.




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