The newly promoted Francistown premier league based side; TAFIC Football Club has embarked on an ambitious plan of turning into a players development hub in the northern region. Briefing the media ahead of the start of the premier league season, club Chairperson Carlos Sebina said to achieve their ambitious dream the club has resuscitated their under 15, 17, and 19 that will feed the senior team.
Sebina observed that their ambition is to ensure that their young players dominate youth national teams. “To ensure that we realize our dream, we have appointed our former coach, Elias Chinyemba as our under 19 coach. We have told Chinyemba that our intension is that in the next two to three years, as TAFIC we will no longer spend money to buy new players but rather we will be promoting players from our development structures. We want to generate revenue by selling players from our development sides,” the optimistic Sebina divulged. He added that even this season, they were recruiting younger players which is in line with their strategy.
He emphasized that they appointed Saul Chaminuka as the new TAFIC coach after realizing that he has a good record and he is an experienced coach who was involved in development structures in his native country, Zimbabwe. Sebina stipulated that the Zimbabwean gaffer will work closely with development coaches to ensure that there is progress in the lower teams. Another major milestone is that the club has managed to appoint a Technical Director who will oversee the whole technical team.
Sebina told members of the media that their target is to finish in the top eight. “We do not want to put ourselves under unnecessary pressure of trying to compete for the crown. We belief that finishing in the top eight bracket will be a great achievement,” he added. In their effort to bolster their arsenal ahead of the start of the premier league season, TAFIC has signed new players among them being; Mbati Sethole from Rhinos, Motseoatile Elijah from relegated Mochudi Centre Chiefs, Ofentse Ntesang from Eleven Angels, Mmilili Makwekwe from Serowe based Miscellaneous, Kagisano Mungu from GNT and Amogelang Reetsang from Real Brothers.
The Chairman expressed optimism that the new players will add value to the team adding that when they were carrying out their recruitment, they carefully considered the age of their targets. “Our target was to recruit players that are 22 years and below so that we are aligned to our dream of becoming a development hub of note,” he further held. Sebina stated that in an effort to motivate their players to excel all TAFIC players will be given a housing allowance.
The new coach, Chaminuka said it is going to be an easy job for him. “Top 8 finish means survival and we can survive the relegation by even winning the league. We are here to compete and make TAFIC fans happy,” the soft spoken Chaminuka said.