Despite reports linking him to BTC Premiership hopefuls Notwane FC, Nikolas Zakhem has revealed that he will not be involved with football for some time. Zakhem exclusively told this publication this week that he is taking a break from football to focus more on his business. The former Gaborone United financier has been linked with a move to Notwane in the coming season as the team is looking to make a comeback to the BTC Premiership. While Zakhem said the reports that he is joining Notwane are untrue he however confirmed that there has been contact between him and Notwane executive committee members in the past concerning the matter. “Unfortunately the story you are referring to is not in order. However, a year or so back I was approached by Notwane EXCO and we had a discussion in that direction. However nothing has materialised and there was no follow up thereafter. For the time being I am focusing on my business and taking a break from football,” said Zakhem.
Asked about his intentions after completing the break, he said his aim is to be part of a team that will challenge for honours in Botswana. He wants to see football support growing in Botswana. However, Zakhem hinted that he will join a team would be privately-owned. The former GU financier left GU, which is run by the society, after unending disputes concerning the club ownership. “If I to join another team it has to be a company owned club. Nowadays in most African countries teams have moved from being run by societies and gone the route of privatisation not only on paper but by doing so. It is high time that all BPL teams be owned by individuals or companies for progress,” buttressed Zakhem. He further said looking at the current affairs of all clubs that are run by societies locally, they are tangled in unending disputes and court cases which affect their progress. According to him, taking the privatisation route will help local teams and local football to grow further.