STUDENT MEET TEACHER AS TAFIC/NICO CLASH
Two high riding teams who have the best record in the past six league games will meet on Sunday at the Francistown Stadium in what is surely a game of the weekend. Francistown based Tafic Sporting Club will be home against Selibe Phikwe based Nico United.
While results for the two games will be of importance the teams’ technical benches will also be worth noting as it will be a student against his former teacher.
Nico United coach Toba Mothuba was under Tafic coach Paul Moyo from 1997 when he started playing for Notwane in the second division.
‘’He turned me into a complete player. He didn’t change my natural strengths but helped me improve. Moyo showed confidence in me as I started playing regularly in 1998 until 2003 when I quit Notwane and came to Phikwe. He left Notwane and found me at Nico in2004 and still gave me ample playing time,’’ he said.
The man who has guided Nico to four consecutive victories will count on his knowledge of Moyo to bag three points.
‘Moyo is a disciplinarian, but he can panic when his team is under pressure and I don’t see him defeating me this Sunday,” Mothuba said.
The former Zebras defender revealed that meeting my mentor of eight years will make it easy for him because he knows what to expect.
‘’ I know all his tricks; there is no how he can beat me. I am coming with a fresh mind. I am confident enough; a young mind is always fast. We haven’t talked for quite some time. All my players know that this man has coached me. I have told them that it will be important to beat him,’’ Mothuba confidently said.
Nico would be buoyed by the arrival of lethargic striker Master Masitara who has returned from a stint in Mozambique. Though he is not eligible to play until January, his presence might spur his teammates on.
Nico Public Relations Officer Tiro Kganela confirmed the return of the lanky striker and said they will asses him with hope to sign him in the January transfer window.
His arrival could form a dangerous combination with Tendai Ndoro who is currently among the league’s top goal scorers with 12 goals.
Not only will Mothuba face his former coach he will also be against players he once faced as a no nonsense defender. These include Lovemore Mokgwetsi, Tamocha Bedi and Bashin Tsenang.
Mothuba’s significant tactical change was his roping of former Zebras and Gunners striker Sunday Kelebale to the back. His presence has stabilised Nico’s usually shaky defence.
Former Zebras striker, Monametsi Sunday Kelebale is now playing as a defender after they had a problem conceding easy goals.
Tafic gaffer Moyo doesn’t remember the last time he lost a match but was however reluctant to sing victory songs.
‘’ We made a few changes and it worked well so far. It is so motivating to win consecutive matches and we intend to keep that spirit going,” Moyo told Voice Sport.
The coach hailed the recent performances of Tamocha Bedi, Willington Sibanda and Claxson Djimberi.
Moyo said his emphasis on discipline and the support he is getting from the management is what helped him turn the team’s fortunes around.
‘’Unlike others who easily loose hope they have given me a chance to implement my plan. The latest good results have brought back supporters and the atmosphere is always amazing. It is at moments like this that I miss the services of Alfonso Modisaotsile who can turn it on for the fans,” Moyo said.
Veteran Tafic player and former Nico attacking midfielder Tamocha Bedi as upbeat ahead of the all important clash.
‘’We are back to our old days of undipe ndikupe and when we are playing this way we can beat anybody. It me of the days of Chrispen Nyamutamba (may his soul rest in peace), Eric Molebatsi Bakang Meno and Abednico Thuthuka. The fans have also started supporting us and we can’t afford to disappoint them,’’ Bedi said.