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Jamali, Zakhem talk Magosi transformation

Publishing Date : 09 April, 2018


Construction tycoon Sayed Jamali is believed to have held negotiations with former partners Mochudi Centre Chiefs about possibilities of him returning to the team as an investor, a move believed would rouse the ailing Chiefs from its deep slumber.

It is said consultations have been ongoing for some time now and Jamali’s sons were seen and photographed last week at the national stadium wearing Centre Chiefs regalia, at the Chiefs/ Rollers encounter. Jamali whom reports once speculated had returned to football with BDF XI, denied information linking him with Chiefs saying, “Football has no business.” It is believed that the BFA president MacLean Letshwiti is also playing an advisory role that is anticipated to see the multi-millionaire back at the helm of the fallen Bakgatla giants

Interestingly; another construction mogul, Nicholas Zakhem has his sights on the Centre Chiefs opportunity. Reports indicate that he might lend a helping hand at the shrinking Kgatleng outfit. Zakhem is a former Gaborone United (GU) investor but the two parties have since gone their separate ways. The last 3 seasons have been rocky for Zakhem and GU as a tug of war between the team and investor ensued.

In Zakhem’s case, Centre Chiefs will be the second team to be linked to him. Initially, it was Notwane, who are now on the verge of promotion to the elite league that was associated with the mogul.   Negotiations with Zakhem are believed have been hatched at time he was entertaining a second thought about returning to GU. It is said the Lebanon born millionaire loves The Reds wholeheartedly but tensions at the heart of the team have seen kept him from crossing that bridge back. Zakhem came to GU in 2009, just a year after the club won the championship title.

But Zakhem, who was also captured in the company of BFA president last week is said to be eager to return to football, and questions arose as to whether the Letswiti would play a convincing role on Zakhem’s part. During Jamali’s era with Magosi, the club was marvelous to watch. The team won back to back premier league championship in 2012 and 2013. He was, and still is the only available investor who can match the ballooning purse of Jagdish Shah who is with crowd pulling Township Rollers.

Ever since the widely reported fall out between Magosi and Jamali; the Kgatleng outfit has been nothing but a shadow its former self.  The team has struggled to pay competitive salary wages, and all the good players left them for greener pastures. After so many years, the team this season is battling to survive relegation. It is said that Chiefs management knows all too well that they have to put their house in order if prospects of attracting new investors are to be kept alive.

However, when reached for clarity, Chiefs media liaison Clifford Mogomotsi dismissed the allegations as corridor talk. He said he too, had heard the rumours linking the club to various investors. He however urged that such should be treated only as speculation. He acknowledges that Chiefs has an appeal to draw investors but has said it is important to focus on keeping Chiefs’ house in order.

“We are a big club, and we have heard people first linking us to a bank, and secondly to individuals with money, but there is nothing concrete I can share with you because really we have not shared a table with anybody,” he said.



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