Like a proverbial Moses leading the Israelites from the land of slavery in Egypt to the land of honey and milk in Canaan, Dominic Changwe indeed saved Tafic Sporting Club from a potential relegation.
At the start of the 2012/13 be MOBILE Premier League on a high note, Tafic were struggling in the murky waters of relegation for the better part of the season.
The club faced a lot of challenges throughout the season.
Tafic had financial problems and all sorts of discipline in the camp.
The club survived through extending its begging bowl from one well wisher to the other.
And Tafic was tipped as one of the teams to be relegated at the end of the season.
There was little hope at the club.
Players boycotted training sessions and even the most important games, giving way to doubts if the club was to survive relegation.
But Changwe, who is now regarded as the specialist in motivating players, has showed his true character.
Changwe joined Tafic last May after unceremoniously parting ways with another Francistown side Tati Sporting Club (TASC) over issues of payment.
The problem of nonpayment of salaries was facing both teams.
Most football followers were thinking that Changwe would throw in the towel and move on with his life.
But the Zambian-born mentor soldiered on.
“Nobody can live without money, but nothing beats faith,” said.
He said begging players to come for training sessions and honor games was not an easy thing.
“It was so taxing.”
He said he could not watch Tafic sinking into the quagmire while fighting for money.
“I had to pray day and night for the team’s survival.
And all praise must be directed to the Lord,” said the soft-spoken tactician.
Tafic won their game 1-0 against Uniao Flamingo Santos at home before holding the much fancied Township Rollers FC to a 1-all draw in an away fixture.
He hailed his players for heeding his calls for the players to do it for him.