- School children given free admission for Tafic v Chiefs as beMobile trophy tours Ghetto
The last match of the 2011/12 season in the country’s second city between Champions Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Tafic will be turned into a football festival as curtains are drawn to mark the end of an eventful campaign.
Even more exciting the two teams have agreed to make it an open and fun day for kids.The Voice had approached both teams with the idea of making the game free for children and a chance for the Champions to parade their trophy and share the joy with their many northern fans. Since its inception the beMobile trophy has never set foot in the northern part of the country and Monday’s holiday game will give thousands of people a chance to view it at close range.
Together with Regional Botswana Football Association coaches the message has been spread to schools to inform and encourage students to attend the game in numbers.
Gates will open at mid-day when teams from the BFA grassroots development project will play a curtain raiser to the game, with two under-12 teams entertaining the crowd at half time.
The Francistown mayor and other local dignitaries will be invited to add to the spectacle on the day. To spice up the event the BDF band has been invited to perform before and after the game.
Chiefs Public Relations Officer Clifford Mogomotsi was delighted with the idea, although he pointed out that the trophy is still to be officially handed to the team.“It is a great idea and if we had the trophy in our possession we would love to bring it to Francistown in our last league match and give our fans there a chance to see it,” said Mogomotsi.
At the time of going to press negotiations were still ongoing with representatives from beMobile to see if the league trophy would be available for the football extravaganza. Although the proposal had not yet been agreed it was hopeful that Chiefs would be given the chance to show off the silverware on Monday.
Meanwhile Machimenyenga who are now under the tutelage of Paul Moyo after their coach Newman Gaobone’s resignation are on high spirits after their survival in the league was confirmed. The Francistown giants will be looking to sign off in style, and a victory against the reigning Champions will definitely bring a smile to thousands of their supporters who have had little to smile about this season.
Speaking to Voice Sport Tafic Public Relations Officer Thomas Chabalala said winning this game would be a great way of ending the season. He said the team’s last two consecutive wins had boosted the morale of the boys as many had ruled them out of the league.
“We have a strong team of youngsters who started this season well but our financial problems demoralized them hence their poor showing. We treat Chiefs like any other team and playing Champions is a motivation on its own.
Moral in the camp is high, and we are looking forward to the game and to a packed stadium. My players will be out to express themselves without the fear of relegation hovering over them,” said Chabalala.
Magosi Assistant Coach Innocent Morapedi said his team takes every game seriously despite already being crowned champions.
“There is no such thing as a friendly game in this league, and I expect Tafic to fight to the end. We are going to play as if we still need the points. Our aim was to end this season with a 100% record. A win will be a morale booster for us as we are still involved in other cup games,” said Morapedi.
He did not confirm nor deny rumours that top goal scorers Joel Mogorosi and Mara Moloi’s had an agreement of not scoring so that they could share the P25, 000 green boot money.
“It is just a coincidence that our two players are leading top goal scorers but I’m not aware of any deal between them. That really does not concern me -all we want is to end the season on a high and we expect them to score,” he said.