Troubled Tafic Football Club gave supporters a glimmer of hope with a hard fought 0-0 draw against Gaborone United on Wednesday afternoon.
But it turned out to be a frustrating afternoon for diehard GU fans at SSKB as their team fails to meet expectations.
Although GU found the back of the net twice, both being ruled offside, Major David Bright’s charges did not do enough to suggest they would be serious title contenders this season.
Despite being tipped amongst the favourites by Botswana Football Association acting Technical Director Phillimon Makhwengwe, GU has found the going tough. A draw against Tafic, who were collecting their first point of the season, was not taken lightly by the United faithful.
With some of their regular players including national team players Jackie Mothatego, Jomo Moatlhaping, Alphonse Modisaotsile and veteran keeper KagisoTshelametsi condemned to the stands, Bright’s young squad lacked imagination and flair.
Tafic sensed the team’s vulnerability and ran circles around the weakened GU midfield.
Without the influence of Jackie in the middle, United lacked cohesion and could have been easily punished.
Bright’s job hangs in the balance following a string of bad results, and the lacklustre performance will not have impressed his employers.
Although GU Management have vehemently denied allegations that they have already hired former Township Rollers coach Rahman Gumbo, who is currently in town, Voice Sport has been reliably informed that Gumbo will be unveiled as the new coach soon.
“Bright knows his job is on the line and the reason some of our best players are not in the line-up is a sign that he has lost control of the dressing room,” commented one well placed GU supporter.
He revealed to Voice Sport that the four players, who did not even make it to the bench, had registered their displeasure about the coach to the management.
“Bright caught wind of it and decided not include them in the team,” he said.
Meanwhile while GU is still licking its wounds, Tafic have at least registered their first point seven games into the new season.
The goal drought with only one goal scored so far remains a pressing concern for new coach Darlington Dodo as he looks to lift the team and its supporters.
With a new management structure reported to be taking over the running of the club there will be renewed optimism that Tafic can now kick start their season with a weekend win against Miscellaneous.
To encourage fans to add their vocal backing to the cause, The Voice is offering fans free entry to Saturday’s game.
There will also be a cash incentive to players as a win bonus.