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Chiefs’ supporters want Piro back

Publishing Date : 23 July, 2018


Even though he has gone past his playing days, Pontsho ‘Piro’ Moloi is still a darling at Mochudi Centre Chiefs.  Supporters across the Kgatleng region are demanding that Moloi be reinstated to his position as assistant coach after the management felt it was time to cut ties with him.

The decision has now met opposition of many kinds from Chiefs supporters who have now given the club an ultimatum to either re-employ Moloi or face devastating repercussions. It appears the club still has high mountains to climb in ironing out a plethora of problems eating away at the pedigree of the team.  Supporters insist Moloi is their only stand out darling who stood by the club even when chips were down.

They say Moloi managed to convince players against all odds to play for the team last season. Even when salaries were not coming, it is said Moloi negotiated better with players to wear Chiefs jerseys with pride and represent the team. “Bring back Moloi, or we are not voting for the team to play in BTC charity,” one supporter said. “Pontsho Moloi has been with us from way back, he is not going anywhere, otherwise we are not coming for Chiefs games,” another said.

Such a demeanour has seen Moloi writing his name into Chiefs folklore-as a player and as an assistant coach. It is why these supporters made bold statements that if Moloi is not reinstated they will not attend all Chiefs games for the next season. Even worse, the supporters threaten to stop immediately voting for the team to take part in the coming BTC Charity Cup tournament expected to be played in August.

Chiefs’ management has announced major changes inside their technical dugout. Maxwell Moyo has been booted out and was swiftly replaced by Zimbabwean mentor Phelani Mabena as the head coach. Mabena is a former Sankoyo Bush Bucks gaffer.  The management also announced that Mabena will be assisted by one Disono 'Banz' Molefe, a former Mogoditshane Fighters player. It is allegedly that this is a move that has hurt the supporters who believe that Chiefs should have appointed former players for the assistant coach post.

On one hand, Chiefs are adamant that they have taken a decision in the best interest of Moloi. They say they want him to further his football studies and be moulded into a better mentor for the future. When Chiefs long standing media liaison, Clifford Mogomotsi answered this publication’s enquiry, he urged people to get information before coming to a conclusion. He says the management told Chiefs membership holders at a meeting on June 30th,that Chiefs will employ a new coach who will have the liberty to appoint his new back room staff.

“We have told members who include supporters that changes will be made at the technical team, and all who were present agreed without any qualms,” he said. Mogomotsi further affirmed that they have never heard about Moloi since the last season ended. He said they have called him to a meeting but he never responded to the call up for further discussions.



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