Tafic coach faces battle for survival as top players leave Tafic coach Dominic Changwa has admitted the going at Tafic is set to get even tougher at the troubled club following the departure of top goal scorer Ouidiance Rundofa and their influential mid fielder Tafadzwa Maingire.
Although details of the move are confused the Zimbabwe internationals are said to have joined Lobatse side BMC in a deal that is sure to cause anger amongst fans as the club had apparently failed to sign suitable replacements before the transfer window closed on Thursday.
Speaking to Voice Sport on Wednesday the Tafic mentor could not hide his disappointment and concern over the transfers.
“Their service was vital to the success of the team and the transfers are bound to affect us because they scored most of the goals.
It is frustrating as it makes my job even more difficult as I have to start building the team again but without experienced players.”
Changwa went on to say: “As a coach I cannot stand in their way as they complained about contract obligations between their agent and management and also late payments.
I gave the management a list of players I want to beef up the squad, but I have not yet got the feedback and we are left with hours before the transfer window shuts.”
The coach’s preparations for the second round were further hampered when some of seasoned players reported for training this week and were obviously unfit. One couldn’t even train for ten minutes without collapsing.
Changwe revealed that he had wanted to sign players like Onneleng Letsweletse to help them in the mid field and a striker Godfrey Opelo from Orapa United, but was still waiting to hear from the management on possible deals.
Despite the problems and his own financial difficulties the Zambian pledged his continued loyalty to the club, revealing that he had turned down offers from local teams in order to see the job through.
“This is a test of my abilities and I am keen to show people what I can do even in adversity. I would love to take Tafic to the highest level but for now I have to admit that the rest of the season will be a struggle for league survival.
But with all the problems if I can still manage to keep the team in the Premier League it can only be good for my own reputation,” her said.
Changwa also recognized the role supporters could play in helping the club. “The fans are the ones who pay their money to come to games and they must be included and respected.
They need to know what is going on and I would like to call supporters and stakeholders to a meeting to discuss the future of the club and come up with solutions to our problems.
They deserve feedback and I know a lot of them have questions to ask about the team performance, which I will be happy to answer,” he said.
He proposed a meeting for next weekend at Leseding Hall –details are still to be arranged but will be announced in the media.
According to Machimenyenga Public Relations Officer Dubani Dubani, management is not happy with the way that BMC officials used underhand tactics to lure their players as the information he has is that the club gave them money.
“This is unprofessional – BMC know the procedure they cannot hold talks with our players without permission.
If a team is interested in signing our player they have to write us a letter and we give them the go ahead.
I understand BMC gave Francistown Regional Football Association some transfer money to give us and I am surprised because we have not agreed on any fee.
As far as I know this players are with us until their contracts end in June,” he said.
Meanwhile BMC Public Relations Officer Nelson Radijeng was surprised by Tafic’s reaction claiming the players had been given release letters.
He said they are still negotiating with one of the officials on the conditions for signing them. He added that they failed to meet Tafic officials over the weekend and decided to give the region the transfer money based on terms indicated in the letter.
Radijeng went on to say they even received correspondents from Tafic concerning the two players.