BASEMENT BATTLE IN THE GHETTO
Coach Darlington Dodo is set to join Tafic in a move both hope will benefit their footballing futures.
Despite bearing the name of an extinct, flightless bird, Dodo is convinced he can help Tafic rise from the dead.
Sacked by Rollers back in April, Dodo has been training with the Tafic squad as they prepare to take on Ecco this Saturday in a derby battle between the leagues bottom two sides.
The Francistown clubs are anchored to the bottom of the league with Tafic yet to secure a point and Ecco only one better off in their opening five games.
Goals too have been hard to come by with Tafic netting only once this season and Ecco just twice.
The goals against column is also looking grim with Tafic leaking 13 and Ecco 6 in a disastrous start to the season.
Machimenyenga who started the season under the tutelage of Newman Gaobonewill look to Dodo to kick start a season that has been dogged with familiar off the field problems as well as those on it.
Speaking to Voice Sport this week about his decision Dodo said in football sometimes a person should take a gamble.
He said coaching Tafic would be a risk but he was prepared for the challenge.
Admitting that he had no magic wand to miraculously transform the club’s fortunes, he was nevertheless confident he had the capability to turn things around.
“But it will need patience,” he admitted.
Explaining that the Tafic management had contacted him at home in Zimbabwe, he said he was prepared to put his head on the block to honour their call despite the team’s poor performance.
He acknowledgedthe task ahead would not be easy since he did not assemble the team, and warned against ‘over expectations’ especially as he has inherited a squad of mostly inexperienced youngsters.
Dodo said he had time to assess players this week at training but admitted that he had no specific plan for Saturday’s game.
When asked about his prospects at the club considering their well-documented financial problems and reputation for not paying players or coaches, Dodo was nevertheless optimistic that the club would honour their promises.
He is still to sign a contract and said he would only do so once he was convinced that the club could meet his terms and conditions.
With contacted for a comment about the new coach and his own position as chairman of the club following reports that he had resigned, Humphrey Nawa said he was travelling to South Africa and was not in a position to be interviewed until next week.
Meanwhile over at MamojaDiskie mentor AtsheleMolapi was bemoaning the club’s worst start to a season in their premier league history.
“I wish I could turn the clock back and be given the chance to play again,” said the former Eccostriker who helped the club gain their Premier League status nearly a decade ago.
Convinced that the former champions could revive their season with victory over Tafic on Saturday, the coach added that it was now time to start winning.
“We lost players at the beginning of the season but I still believe we can do much better with the players I have.
The uncertainties of losing a sponsor might also be a contributing factor.
There are some players that I want to recruit but we cannot afford to sign them.
If we can win just one game, it will uplift the boys’ morale,” he said.
Despite the teams lacklustre start to the season the game still holds the excitement of a local derby and fans are expected to come in numbers to the stadium.
Most will travel in hope rather than expectation.
Results For the past four seasons
Tafic 3 Ecco 1
Tafic 2 Ecco 3
Ecco 0 Tafic 0
Ecco 1 Tafic 1
Tafic 1 Ecco 0
Tafic 2 Ecco 2
Tafic 2 Ecco 2
Tafic 0 Ecco 0