GMG Holdings Executive Director Kealeboga Gift Mogapi whose company has just acquired 80 percent of Notwane PTY LTD promises to bring drastic changes to the club.
The tough speaking boss said it will no longer be business as usual at the Gaborone giants.
Speaking at a press conference to announce the takeover Mogapi came short of saying the usual faces associated with the club will be replaced.
“We are not going to make sentimental decisions. People will be appointed on merit,” he said.
Mogapi said from what he gathered during the take-over negotiations club management has been working on voluntary basis which he said cannot be good for the growth of the club.
“This means people’s performances were based on voluntarism,” he charged.
GMG has taken an 80 percent stake while 20 percent was shed to Notwane club or potential investors.
However Mogapi said they were given the option of buying and being in full control of the club but decided to shed the 20 percent.
He further said they intend to turn Notwane into a leading club both regionally and internationally.
“We want this team to be a football and business brand and cease to be a football laughing stock,” he said.
Although he did not divulge how much they intend to invest in to the club the businessman said it was a viable project and vowed that players’ days of going for months without salaries are over.
“No player will kick a ball without a formal contract. It will be irresponsible for us as GMG to come on board and let the status quo,” he said.
To underscore how serious he was about players’ salaries Mogapi said he will even encourage players to take the club to court if their financial needs are not adequately taken care of.
The pompous Mogapi who revealed that he has a working relationship with Bloemfontein Celtics owner Jimmy Augousti said he does not want to see a situation where football owners are the ones milking the club while people on the ground have nothing.
“I have learnt a lot from some of my role models like Kaizer Motaung who when they coined the slogan “Bringing the glory days back” said such words should never be taken lightly because supporters really mean them and believe in them.”
Mogapi said he wants to see Notwane players making up the national team just as it used to be during the glory days.
“It broke my heart when I saw about five players in the national team and I was told that they are from this club yet none of them is playing for us,” he said.
Meanwhile Notwane Club Chairman Segolame Ramotlhwa said the GMG takeover has arrived at the right time for the Gaborone giants.
Notwane are now the fourth side after Mochdui Centre Chiefs, Township Rollers and BMC FC who are all now under the ownership of businessmen.
“Notwane could no longer be run in the same it has been for the last 40 years. We want the team to be run better,” he said.
Ramotlhwa said the takeover by GMG was mandated by the general membership in an Annual General Meeting on 1oth July 2010.
“Club elders were notified and they gave us the greenlight,” Ramotlhwa said.