Since he took over the chairmanship at Gaborone United (GU), things have not been that smooth. He took over at a time when there were high hostilities in the team. But Rapula Okaile has not been overawed, insisting that like any chairman he is doing all possible to sure that the team produces results. He said like any person who gets elected to power, he has his own vision and aspirations on how to deal with competition. They have already lost the Mascom Top 8 and far below in the league title race. “It has become increasingly clear that we have lost the league, so it was time for us to review our strategy,” he said. Okaile said at the moment they are just looking at finishing in the fourth position, and that is why the rearrangements were done in order to deal with the hiccups that distracted their competitive edge when the season started.
He said that is why in the January window they tried to beef up the squad. They want to have best first eleven in the field, but also substitutes that can change the game. He said they have already started preparing for the next season. With the new technical committee put on board, Okaile said the new technical committee is gelling well with the players. Okaile said they removed the old technical committee so that they can get their competitive edge back. The string of poor results has led to the reduction in their fan base. Okaile said they want to get at a level that is desirable, but as the executive they take best decisions for the team.
According to Okaile, there is a good cordial relationship between him and his subordinates. He said people should understand that you don’t get into leadership and fold hands, but to make decisions. “Those decisions might not be favourable to all, but at the end of the day someone has to bite the bullet,” he said. Okaile said he does not make decisions alone, but they are always discussed. “I am a different person from the perspective given out there, because people think I make decisions alone,” he said. Rapula said when a bad decision is made, he owns up to it because they work collectively.
He said he is a facilitator who makes the environment conducive for anyone to perform. He said they are not even worse than the team next door but their issues at GU are just overrated by the media. He said in three years the team will get on top, and with the new technical team that he has roped in he believes and trust that they will perform amazingly. He said in his term he will make sure that a mini-stadium for GU comes into operation. He said he is not going to stand for elections when his term expires because he knows he would have done his part. He said they have a physical trainer who will join the team soon from Bosnia and Herzegovina who will complement Argentinian coach Rudolph Zapata.