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Tafic players and fans are in for an early Christmas present when they take on Township Rollers in Saturday’s big game at the Francistown stadium.

Thanks to sponsorship contributions from local businessman Justice Mojanaga and The Voice, players will pocket a P1000 bonus if they defeat high-flying Rollers, whilst fans wearing replica shirts will get free entry into the stadium.

Welcoming the scheme Machimenyenga Manager Master Mbulawa said the deal was another positive sign that the club was emerging from the problems of the past into an exciting new era.

“This is an exciting development and one which will give our players and fans a welcome boost,” he said.

The cash incentive to players to beat Rollers follows a P90 000 injection of funds from television rights that saw the players being paid for the first time in months.Ndlovu

Now with more funds promised from the local business community the club can look forward to a brighter future with the prospect of some exciting new signings in the January transfer window.

For his part Francistown based businessman Justice Mojanaga, managing director of construction, property and retail company Jumcorp (PTY) Ltd, has agreed to sponsor Saturday’s game to the tune of P10 000.

The money combined with a further contribution from gate takings will be used to finance the bonus offered to players.

Announcing the sponsorship Mojanaga, a former Mater Spei student and long time supporter said: “We are happy to make this contribution.

Tafic has a rich history and forms part of the heartbeat of Francistown.

It is important that business people give back to the community, and I hope others will follow our example and support the club.”

To celebrate the day The Voice will also be offering fans wearing Tafic replica strips with the Voice logo and producing the token from this week’s back page, free entry into the stadium.

Managing editor Don Moore, himself a keen Tafic fan, said of the offer: “This is the third time we have given readers the chance to see the game for free.

It is our way of supporting the club and thanking the club’s fans, who are also readers of The Voice, for their loyal support.”

He added: “We know that Rollers have a massive support so we don’t want to be outnumbered by the blue brigade.

We hope fans will take up our offer and come in large numbers and turn the stadium into a tidal wave of red.”

Rollers-vs-TaficReplica shirts as well as a newly designed Tafic T-shirt and vest with the slogan ‘We are Tafic Marching on Together,’ will be on sale outside the stadium with all profits from sales going to the club.

In order to make the game even more special there will be a curtain raiser between two Under 12 development sides representing Rollers and Tafic. Kick off 2 pm.

There will also be a special appearance by the Voice babes including the current Miss Tafic.

The newly designed Tafic T- shirts will be on sale on the match day *****

Speaking about the game Darlington Dodo, who faces his fellow countryman Madinda Ndlovu, said he was looking forward to meeting up with his old club.

Speaking to Voice Sport this week the Machimenyenga mentor said playing a big team like Rollers was motivation on its own.

He said winning the game would make names for players who would gain wider recognition something many of the better known Rollers players take for granted.

Whilst he admitted that looking at the league log his side would be considered underdogs, he added with the wisdom of a true philosopher:

“ It is not about the size of the warrior in the fight, it’s about the size of the fight in the warrior.”

He went on to say: “I was impressed by the morale of my boys at training.

Everyone is involved and it shows they are determined to win the game.

“The win against Notwane over the weekend has also brought back the confidence.

A lot of changes have happened since I left Rollers but I have a picture of how they play.

We have a game plan and I expect players to follow my instructions wisely.

If they do this they will make my job easy and Rollers will be in for a big surprise,” he said.

Dodo once worked with Ndlovu as his assistant back home in Zimbabwe with the national team.

He said he treats him like a brother but he should come prepared as his players are up for the challenge and keen to continue their recent good run of form.

He said all players would be available for selection except defender Kealeboga Molebatsi who has an injury but will be assessed by the physiotherapist.

For his part Mapalastina coach MadindaNdlovu said though their training programme was disturbed by rain this week, they would go all out to get much needed maximum points and keep the pressure up on log leaders BDF XI.

He said he was working on bringing back the flair and style of play Rollers is best known for.

“We have prepared well enough and will be ready for the game.

We must try to bring back lost glory and our fans should give us all the support we need.

They should appreciate that there is a lot of improvement in terms of the team’s performance and the rest will come as the league progresses.”

Playing down his sides chances of snatching the title they last won in 2011, he went on to say:

“It is still early to talk about the championship, but winning the league will be a welcome bonus.

For now it is not our priority, we are working on putting the team in good shape and are taking it one game at a time.”

He said his boys have shown character and he is happy their confidence is back.

Though they have minor injuries to Skhana Koko, Oscar Ncenga and LeutlwetseTshireletsoNdlovu,he believe they will be available for the game.




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