Modest Dominic Changwe, the Tafic Sporting Club head coach has always believed that things will get better at his struggling side. Now with the arrival of three new players he may just be right.
The Zambian-born gaffer was a happy man following the finalization of paperwork for his foreign recruits.
Changwe has often lamented the lack of experience and vigour in his squad.
But the performance showcased by his signings from West Africa will bring a huge sigh of relief to the Zambian mentor.
He said the way the new players performed over the weekend would definitely inspire the rest of the squad.
Top striker Pascal Adong Kelvin from Cameroon, diminutive Abou Ouattara from Ivory Coast and hard running Nigerian, Innocent Livinus Eze enjoyed an encouraging start to life at the financially troubled club.
The red and white striped side was playing an international friendly against near neighbours Highlanders FC from Zimbabwe who won the game 1-0.
The match played at the Francistown stadium last Saturday gave the three West Africans an opportunity to showcase their potential to the Tafic family.
Although poorly attended- probably because of the South African league derby between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs – the few die-hard Tafic supporters who came to the stadium were left satisfied.
Fans had glimpses of the potential in the three players.
Tafic supporters were whistling especially in the second period when Changwe introduced Livinus Eze in the middle of the park some ten minutes into the half.
He is talented, hard working and kept the ball well exhibiting some exciting dribbling skills in the process of playing some defence splitting passes.
Livinus Eze’s linking with his counterpart from the Ivory Coast could be a dream pairing with Ouattara producing some skilful runs that gave the Highlanders defence a torrid time.
The strong and well-built Kelvin was introduced in the last thirty minutes of the second half. He did not score but he showcased some flashes of a quality striker willing to take on defenders.
All three added a determination and passion that has at time been lacking in the squad, which could help motivate where money, or the lack of it, has been missing.
“The boys have got a lot of potential. They are only lacking match fitness.
But the moment they reach their peak we are likely to see a totally different play from this Tafic side.
The players have the potential of inspiring us into the top eight,” said the ever–optimistic Changwe.