“IF I COULD GET A SPONSOR TOMORROW I’LL BE THE HAPPIEST MAN”
Estranged Tafic FC Chairman Humphrey Nawa has come out guns blazing to set the record straight about the troubled Francistown outfit.
Nawa who was head hunted for the Chairman’s position in 2009 told Voice Sport in a telephone interview that he only owns a minimal percentage of the Tafic FC shares.
“Together with eleven other investors we own 25% of the available shares,” he said.
During the interview Nawa said despite reports that his committee has abandoned the club, they are still working round the clock to find sponsors for the once feared “Machiminyenga” and was hopeful that everything will fall in place before the start of the season.
“The issue at Tafic has never been about me. The real issue is that the team is broke,” Nawa said.
Nawa challenged concerned Tafic supporters to come forward and show exactly what they have which can revive the team’s fortunes.
The soft spoken Nawa dismissed as lies reports that the team currently has only six registered players saying only Kago Nfila has left the club.
“We still have registration books of all other players. Most of them have decided to boycott training because we have not paid them in six months,” explained Nawa.
The Tafic boss revealed to Voice Sport that after the agreement to privatise the club last year 15% was reserved for supporters while 85% was availed to interested investors.
“12 of us purchased a 25% stake leaving 60% which is still available to interested investors.”
“25% is just a minimal stake, and my committee is doing things as per the constitution approved by Tafic supporters. Now if supporters do not want to respect a document they created for the smooth running of the club, who then will,” he asked rhetorically.
The rift between Nawa and some supporters has reached boiling point with some supporters threatening to get physical to wrestle power from the current Chairman.
However Nawa shot salvos at the said fans saying should he strike a sponsorship deal tomorrow all of them would be silent.
“There are certain people who are intent on distabilising the team and tarnishing my name; but I have given so much of my time to this project and I have every intention of seeing it grow,” he said.
Concerned supporters formed an interim committee recently in an effort to normalize the situation at the club and a meeting that was arranged last weekend did not bear any fruit as Nawa was not in attendance.
“How do you inform a club Chairman on Friday afternoon about a meeting that is supposed to take place on Saturday morning? I already had plans,” Nawa said as a reason for his no show.
Meanwhile FRAFA Chairperson Jonas Ikgopoleng said the region will meet with the two committees on Sunday to find a lasting solution to this delicate matter.
However, an inside source at FRAFA who did not want to disclose his name said supporters asked Nawa to change the team from society to a private entity but in the process bought shares from the club to become a majority shareholder.
“The Company can not disclose its financial report to anyone who is not a shareholder.
He owns the team 100% and he has copy of minutes with supporters’ representatives’ signatures,” said the source.
He went on to say it was just lack of understanding as representatives just signed the documents before scrutinizing them.
“They now realize that they have scored an own goal,” he said.