The promotion of Tafic back to the BTC Premier League has brought joy and delight to the football fanatics in Francistown. Soccer supporters in the second city were starved of premier league football for a year after TAFIC were condemned to the Debswana First Division north a season ago.
Machinyenyega as Tafic are known by hordes of their supporters, under the tutelage of Zimbabwean gaffer Elias Chinyemba, gained automatic promotion to the elite league after accumulating 57 points.
It was not an easy season for TAFIC as Palapye-based club, Morupule Wanderers, gave them a run for their money. Wanderers fumbled with few games left to the end of the season thus giving the Tafic the ammunition to finish in pole position. Wanderers have since gained promotion after defeating Jwaneng Fighters during promotional play offs.
In an interview with Patriot Sports, the man behind Tafic’s success, club chairman Carlos Sebina said they are over the moon that they have regained automatic promotion to the elite league. He attributed the achievement to a strategy that they drafted since assuming office.
“After assuming office, we set down as the new committee and set goals for ourselves but our main objective were to resuscitate structures and have a firm administration within the club. Gaining promotion was just a bonus to us,” the seeming excited Sebina pointed out.
Shrewd administration in football, Sebina said, has been proven to yield desired results.
Sebina, who is also Managing Director of Destiny Car Rentals, emphasized that since ascending to the chairmanship he has made sure that each member of the committee knows their role and performs their duties diligently. To improve efficiency and accountability within the club, Tafic had to appoint gate coordinators during matches to ensure that gate takings are handled properly to minimise issues of mismanagement of the team’s finances.
According to Sebina, another factor that greatly contributed to the club’s great performance is that they managed to retain most of their players that competed at the premier league. He added, “We were very fortunate because 16 players who played while were still at the elite league chose to remain loyal to the club after we got relegated.”
He stated that the technical team has been tasked with recruiting new players to beef up the squad in preparation for the more competitive premier league. Sebina admitted that some of the players will have to be released to create space for new incoming players. Those who are likely to be axed out are aging players and injury prone ones. Sebina held that they are beefing up their arsenal because their intention is to remain in the premier league.
Regarding sponsorship, Sebina pointed out that they have secured two sponsors so far being: Lavik Consultancy and Dlala which is the team’s technical sponsor. The team leadership is not sitting on its laurels as they continue to pursue other avenues to secure sponsorship.
“We will soon hold a business forum in partnership with Francistown City Council to meet business owners in the city in an effort to solicit financial support,” Sebina added. The ambitious Sebina declared that they are currently reviewing Tafic constitution in an endeavour to change the club from a society into a company. He stated that their attorney is hard at work overhauling the constitution and the process will soon be completed.