Contrary to the belief that institutional teams enjoy lucrative financial benefits from their institutions, BDF XI decry shortage of funds that hinders them from attracting quality players. The army side has recently lost striker Patrick Kaunda whose loan deal with the club came to an end and could not be renewed as his demands were excessive for them. BDF XI management has since come up with a strategy that will see them being able to attract and maintain quality players. The team’s spokesperson Thusang Jacob said they have decided to come up with a strategic plan that will see BDF XI reducing the number of non-military players at the club. Jacob said they will have only a limited number of civilian players so that they can attract quality players and be able to meet their demands.
”As we are an institutional team there is no enough money to attract quality players to the team. We always lose them to teams like Rollers, GU and Centre Chiefs because they have a better financial muscle,” said Jacob. He said they aim to have a total of at least five top quality civilian players which will be affordable to meet their demands.
Jacob said the strategy will not be put in place immediately as they have to identify players first. “This strategy will not effect immediately. It is a three to five-year strategy as we will have to identify good players from within the soldiers,” said Jacob. However, preparations to roll out the initiative are already underway as a reserve team has been assembled at the army barracks to mould the soldiers into premier league material. Preparations for the coming 2016/17 season are also under way at the army side. The team management is working round the clock to find replacement for the striker it has lost. They are looking for a top striker to take the place of released Sadiki Takunda and Kaunda. They are also in need of a goalkeeper following the departure of Mwampule Masule whose loan deal ended. Other players that they released are Ofentse Mmipi and Phenyo Mongala. There has been speculation that Mosha Gaolaolwe might on his way out of the barracks. However, Jacob confirmed that Gaolaolwe is not going anywhere as he is still contracted to the club until June 2017. “If he is to go it will be for a reasonable amount of money otherwise he stays at the club,” he said. He nonetheless confirmed that there has been an influx of inquiries from other clubs about Gaolaolwe.
In addition to the players, BDF XI are likely to lose its coach Beston Chambeshi who is said to have gone back to Zambia to take care of his ailing wife. It is not clear when the coach will come back if at all he does. Jacob confirmed that Louis Setshwane who recently came back from a training course in Hungary will take fort as the coach. It however looks like management is hopeful that the coach will come back as his contract has not been terminated even though he wrote a formal letter asking to part ways with the clubs because of family matters. According to Jacob, Chambeshi went to Zambia in an attempt to find a striker for the club but came back with news that the wife is not well. The coach then requested to go back to stay close to his wife and take care of her. “He later wrote a letter requesting to part ways with the club to take care of the wife fulltime,” he said. He, however, revealed that his contract has not been terminated, saying if there is change soon the coach will come back to the team. To reinforce the team and replace the players who left, BDF XI have concluded deals for two players who will join the team soon. Jacob confirmed the recruitment of Nico United’s duo of Richard Legwaila and Onkabetse Seforo. The team is also currently holding trials to look for players.