Notwane aims for Premier League return

SHARE   |   Monday, 21 November 2016   |   By Othusitse Tlhobogang

After languishing in the First Division South for two seasons, the newly elected executive committee of former premier league giants Notwane Football Club has been handed a mammoth task of getting the club back to the premier league next season. The committee which is led by Arnold Somolekae has been given the mandate by the Notwane family at the annual general meeting which was held recently. The Notwane general assembly want their team back in the elite league after spending two seasons in the Debswana First Division South. Somolekae who was at the helm of Notwane when it was relegated has been entrusted with the team again and this time to take it back to where it belongs. His committee has since hit the ground running to pave way for return to the elite league.

Notwane Public Relations Officer Julius Baitumetse told this publication that they are indeed preparing for premier league return in 2017/2018 season. “The executive committee has been mandated by Notwane general assembly to see to it that the team goes back to the premier league this season,” Baitumetse confirmed. He explained that even though it may prove a tough thing because of finances they are already working on it. According to Baitumetse this season is a preparatory time for premier league next season. “We want to get to the premier league to stay hence we are currently preparing everything now,” said Baitumetse. He said the team could have returned to premier league last season but they were disturbed by the case they had going on at the time.

To achieve this, the executive committee is looking at rebranding Notwane to make it exciting and attractive to supporters and sponsors. Baitumetse said they want to win back the supporters they lost when they got relegated. The re-branding and promotion exercises are going to be a bit difficult for the team considering that they do not have a sponsor at the moment. Though he admitted this Baitumetse said they are not just sitting on their hands and minds. He revealed that the committee has since come up with fundraising initiatives to raise money. This weekend the club had a fundraising concert at the club house to source some funds for premier league return. They are also running round the clock soliciting for sponsorship. “Some companies are promising and we are expecting to finalise agreements with them in due time,” he said. 

It looks like the courage to get back to the elite league is not only on the side of the executive committee but also on the players’ part. At least their performance in the field of play can attest to this as the team is currently at the top of the Debswana first Division south league. “We have also talked to the players and their play is currently showing the eagerness they have to this mandate. We have some good young players who are working hard towards this mission we have,” Baitumetse explained. The recent bolstering of the team’s technical department also shows the seriousness of getting promotion.

The arrival of Chris Mabalago is seen as a great addition to the team technical side. Mabagalo who is Paul Moyo’s former understudy will be working with coach Wire Kaelo to take the team to another level. “Both Mabalago and Kaelo are good coaches, their combination will take help the tea very much,” said Baitumetse. With the new developments at the club it is reported that some of the supporters that left the team when it was relegated are coming already coming back. This Baitumetse said shows growth and will help the executive committee in its quest to get the team back to the premier league. To add on their preparations Notwane is also looking at restarting its youth development program.