Now that the dream has been achieved, and operation Gwilila has been successful, Matjimenyenga have changed tune and are now launching operation Galila tjose (stay forever).
For a team that has spent four seasons in the dust, there is hardly time to relax and celebrate lest they jeopardise their chances of staying up in the elite league. As it is, the team is the envy of bitter rivals left behind at the First Division North league and perhaps a threat to some in the elite league. ‘Here comes Tafic,’ the popular buzz chorus in Francistown, a classic branding that was inscribed in the team’s mini bus in the 90’s.
At the sound of the final whistle at Sowa stadium, Tafic’s automatic qualification to the elite league was confirmed. The management is now fully aware that they have to prepare for a new journey back to the BTC Premiership. In an interview this week Carlos Motaung, the team manager, revealed that the committee has already begun preparations.
“We are engaging with the business community and the reception is so wow, those that have been helping us want to continue and there are others who want to join the bandwagon. We will meet with them in a week or two so we can negotiate,” Motaung said.
The management understands the needs of the premier league hence they want to widen their net and fish for more sponsors.
“The premier league is very demanding and financially straining as we will have to travel to Gaborone almost every week and that would demand at least P3 million for a season so we will need more partners and they will need mileage hence we will have to sit down and talk.” Apart from administrative needs, the team will also need to boost its financial muscle to try to compete in the market for players with other big guns.
Tafic, whose relegation was a result of a power struggle, say it has addressed the matter as they don’t want a repeat of the 2012/13 season events. “We engaged with our supporters and we agreed that the team is under the voted Committee if they don’t want it they will have to follow procedures, but this time around, I can assure you that there won’t be any internal squabbles,” Motaung said.
Other than negotiations with prospective business partners, the management is also looking at a possible model to use when collaborating with the corporate world. “We will have to benchmark with others to see which one would be viable to us,” he said. However, it appears the Reds are blown away by the same model used by Township Rollers known as the hybrid model. According to this model, the society leases a team to the investor for an agreed period to run, while the society receives its benefits either on monthly or yearly basis.
TAFIC IN THE BTC PREMIER LEAGUE
When Tafic won the game last Saturday, for many in the North, the euphoria had as much to do with the fact that the team had gained promotion as it had to do with Francistown enjoying regular Premier League fixtures at the less used facility. Furthermore, Tafic known for its playing style – passing football – will bring impetus to the premiership, with its large following and brand football. In addition the team is well known for its sharp eye when it comes to scouting talent outside the country. The premier league could for the first time witness full capacity Francistown Sports Complex. Only Zebras matches came close.
Athletics is one of the sporting activities that for many years has been consistently performing extremely well in international competitions. One of the reasons is the availability of qualified and experienced coaches, who have been working tirelessly on the ground to ensure that they scout talent and develop more athletes.
For the first time after eons, football clubs plying their trade in the elite league are walking in the shadow of the undefined with nothing concrete agreed and on sight before the commencement of the football season.