Toropo ya muka as Tafic aka Matjimenyenga boys make an impressive comeback to top flight football
Tafic Sporting club aka Matjimenyenga boys have returned to the elite BTC premiership.
The legendary outfit made Francistown residents mightily proud this past Saturday after walloping rivals Sua Flamingos 2-1 to secure passage to the premiership league after a three-year absence.
Hordes of Tafic supporters who thronged Sua stadium to watch their team return to top flight football were not disappointed. The game was accompanied by pomp and fanfare from Sua to Francistown. Against Flamingos, Matjimenyenga only needed a win or draw provided Motlakase won their same day game by three or more goals.
When nostalgic Tafic supporters left for the game to Sua Township they were thirsty for a win. The team’s return to the top was reminiscent of the past GT Tafic that boasted players like Mmoloki ‘Best’ Sechele, the late Jomo ‘Nobody’ Mosweu, Wrist Mmusi, Matoni Mudzingwa, Carlos Tawana, Hero Matenge and many other talented players who made the City of Francistrown popular.
When the team was relegated to the dusty grounds of the first division north, many skeptics wrote them off but the team fed them humble pie this past weekend. Tafic, like other big teams including Township Rollers, Extension Gunners and Gaborone United, command a large following of religious supporters. These supporters are expected to fill up the recently opened Francistown Sports Complex during Tafic games.
The new facility has been a happy hunting ground for Orapa United during their recent BTC premiership games. Contacted for comment following the team’s automatic promotion, Tafic spokesperson Warrant Kolola said their aim is for the team to claim back bragging rights to the northern City. Kolola went on to boldly declare that Tafic are one of the biggest team’s right next to Township Rollers as far as loyal followers and economic value go.
Kolola added that they will bring back the team’s glory days by unearthing exciting players. “Since we have gained automatic promotion to the elite league, we are hopeful that sponsors are going to come on board in large numbers to get mileage from our team which is one of the biggest teams after Rollers in terms of fan base”.
Apart from sponsors, he said they will beef up their squad with experienced players to ensure they remain in the premiership. Unfortunately, head coach Elias Chinyemba will be reduced to assistant coach since he is not qualified to coach in the premier league. He holds a Grade C coaching licence instead of the Grade B licence required in premier league.
He said Chinyemba told them of his handicap long before they gained automatic promotion.
“When we resume the elite league, we will fight to remain in the league and any top 8 position will be a bonus for us,” he said, adding that the ultimate is to win the league after four years.
New GU Stadium Excites Mochudi based soccer rivals
Officials at Mochudi village’s biggest soccer clubs Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Mochudi Rovers are excited at the news that their district will soon have a state of the art football stadium after property and construction magnate Nicholas Zackhem announced the erection of the facility for Gaborone United.
Zackhem, owner and director of Zac Construction, revealed recently to this publication that a football stadium would be built in Bokaa village at a cost of P70 million, with the hope that all phases will be completed by 2025.
Edwin Mothulatshipi, Chairman of Centre Chiefs, as well as Mochudi Rovers’ Chairman Sugar Molefhe both spoke to The Midweek Sun on what the construction of the stadium means for their respective clubs. Both admit they would jump at the opportunity to use the facility for their official matches, and based on what Gaborone United financier Zackhem has shared with The Midweek Sun, it will not be difficult for all the other clubs based around the area to use the facility. TO READ THE COMPLETE STORY, BUY THIS WEEK’S EDITION (11 August 2021) OF THE MIDWEEK SUN AT A STORE NEAR YOU.
Local hockey body to incur massive financial loss post Covid-19
Botswana Hockey Association (BHA) President Unaswi Matebu has confessed that her Association will suffer major financial losses post the Covid 19 pandemic that has left the sport fraternity at a standstill.
Matebu recently told this publication that the current situation does not only have tremendous effects on their schedule, but also there will be financial implications more especially that the association does not have full time sponsors.
“We had to cancel most of our calendar activities such as tournaments, national team trainings, Board meetings, and club activities since mid-March this year, all of which have cost us money to prepare for,” Matebu remarked in an interview.
Additionally she said the planning phase for their 5-year Development Plan which was supposed to be launched in June will have to be postponed. Also there are national competitions that were postponed till further notice despite them having already set up teams and having already started preparing.
“Our Indoor Hockey Senior National teams had already started preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations – a World Cup qualifier – that was supposed to be held in June, 2020, in South Africa. Our Field Hockey Senior National teams had already begun preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers that were supposed to be held in August, 2020 in Zimbabwe,” she added.
Moreover, it was going to be an excessively detailed and decorated year for local hockey governing body, with the Youth National teams having already began preparations for the Africa Youth Championships that were billed for September, 2020, in Ghana.
“Player conditioning has obviously been affected because athletes are currently not training as planned and what we had achieved so far might go to waste. We are only hoping that the Continental and World Hockey governing bodies will give us enough time to prepare for these competitions post the pandemic.”