Retired Tafic players will tomorrow host their counterparts from Zimbabwean Club Highlanders as they join efforts to help get Matjimenyenga Boys back into the beMobile Premiership.
The game will be a curtain raiser to Tafic’s Debswana North First Division North League first leg clash against Kazungula Young Fighters at the Francistown Stadium.
Speaking to Voice Sport on Wednesday afternoon, Tafic Veteran coordinator Palace Hubona said as ex players they feel that they have a role to play in helping improve the club’s fortunes as it strives to be back amongst the local football elite.
“We feel we have an important part to play in helping the team gain promotion back to the premier league. One way we can do that is by helping bring supporters back to the stadium. There are people who still have fond memories of the past and they will come. We see them when we play social football. We also hope seeing us play will inspire the current players to do better. ”
Hubona told Voice Sport adding that they intend to curtain raise in as many games as they can this season.
Amongst the Matjimenyenga house hold names of the old expected in the Tafic team against Highlanders are Mmoloki Sechele, Carlos Tawana, Barcos Mosimanegape, Phinda Mmereki, Mlungisi Kopi and Ace Phukula.
Mareko Pabalelo, formerly of Tasc who is known to Tafic fans will also be part of the squad.
“We included Mareko because he is a great player and is part of our social football team” Hubona said when explaining Pabalelo’s presence in the team.
For his part Club Secretary Foster Machola says the veterans’ decision is a step in the right direction.
“As management we are happy with the decision by our retired players. Their game will help us get more people to the game. But they can do more than just being curtain raisers at games. They can get into management. They also understand the culture of the club better. We need their input for the club to succeed. At the moment only two former players, BB Sechele and Wrist Mmusi are actively involved with the club. That is not enough” he told Voice Sport.
In the club’s better days Sechele was team’s striker and Mmusi‘s presence in goal frustrated the top strikers of the time.
Meanwhile the veterans ‘game kick off at 2pm whilst the main fixture starts at 4pm.
Entrance is P20.00.