DODO BLAMES TAFIC’S LACK OF MANAGEMENT FOR RELEGATION
Whilst elsewhere players and fans were celebrating Premier League success, Tafic’s sorrowful season came to an end with a sixth consecutive defeat at Notwane.
Left alone to explain the club’s demise that saw them finish bottom, a massive 13 points away from avoiding relegation, coach Darlington Dodo was ready to point the finger of blame.
Disregarding the fact that when one finger points towards its target, three others point back towards the sender, Dodo was adamant that management rather than himself or the players had let the club down.
Tafic had only played seven games this season, losing them all, when they were forced to recruit a new coach, and it was the then club’s chairman Humphrey Nawa, who brought in the man with a very rich resume from Zimbabwe, Darlinton Dodo.
Unfortunately for the Zimbabwean tactician, Nawa left as soon as he arrived and the job soon proved somewhat challenging.
According to Dodo his stay at Tafic has been a nightmare, especially for a coach whose fifteen-year career is full of achievement.
He said he has never had such a bad experience and relegation just capped a disastrous season.
“Yes in terms of football it’s a learning experience but I will not take the blame for failure, the fact of the matter is that we did not fail as a team but we were failed.
We ran for the entire season with an executive committee that was in disarray, which created a vacuum between the technical team and the supporters,” he argued.
He said that his first challenge was to try and mobilize players to focus on the game and avoid off-field politics, because that is not what they are at the club for.
He said all hell broke loose when players started threatening to boycott training and matches over unpaid allowances only to be convinced at the 11th hour to change their minds.
Dodo started to really feel the heat when the team failed to recruit quality players during the January transfer window.
The club had lost better players in the likes of central middle defender Kago Nfila and right back Obonye Moswate, and much to the coach’s dismay they were never replaced.
The former Township Rollers mentor added that the club’s financial instability made matters worse and severely hampered any good intentions.
“But I must say under the conditions that we were working in, my boys did very well. It was the off-field problems that took their toll.
It is very difficult to motivate players who are exposed to all the internal politics of the club. Above all I kept on advising them to play their hearts out for the sake of their careers and the Tafic brand,” Dodo stated.
Dodo’s comments may not go down well with those that attempted to keep the club afloat financially especially since his own salary was paid in full for four months in the hope that results would improve.
Rather than open up what he termed a “can of worms,” The Voice managing director Donald Moore, who was largely responsible for financing the club as sponsor and Tafic supporter following Nawa’s departure, preferred not to comment on Dodo’s criticisms.
“It doesn’t feel right to air my views in my own newspaper. People can and will say what they want about what went wrong with the club this season, that is there prerogative.
Let us hope that next season those that do the talking will put their money where their mouth’s are, because they failed to do that in this campaign.”