COME AND GET US:Tafic players await a new owner

One man who won’t be in the running to become Tafic’s Mr Big, is former owner Geoffrey Mayglip.
“ I wouldn’t dream of going back into football,” the controversial entrepreneur who was involved with Tafic in the eighties until early nineties said.
“I was not like I was a Francistowner, it is only that I had a transport, dry cleaners, and sport shop businesses. I wanted to give something back to the community and so I got involved with Tafic.  Back then there was no money from the gate-takings so we just had to fight it out with our business profits.”
Looking back to the days when he owned the club, he said it was not a happy experience. “To be honest with you there is nothing worth remembering except some good football displays on the field.
“The whole thing was a painful experience. The aim was to develop good players and sell to South Africa. This proved to be difficult because the Botswana Football Association would not let any player go to the then apartheid country. At Tafic I lost close to a Million Pula. I still have the figures and believe me I can never recover the money.
“Back then the dream was to invest and transform football, but the whole thing became a nightmare,” Mayglip said in an exclusive interview.
He added: “The reason why I have no interest in going back to football is if you invest, you need to be involved in the day to day running of the club for it to be a success.
“Anyone who is interested in taking on the club should realise that it is not a toy but a full time business. People do it for the love of football and it becomes like a drug, the same as gambling or a love affair – it gets into your blood and there is no way out. It is a real marriage and I was a victim of that marriage. One judge in one of my many court cases told me I could be a millionaire if it wasn’t for football.”
After Tafic Mayglip went to Mochudi Centre Chiefs, and by the time he quit at Chiefs they owed him well over P300 000.     When the time to pay off the debt came there was a problem until he won the case and still wrote off part of the debt he was owed. All that was done he says in the name of the beautiful game.
“Football is controversial you can’t get results when you are not involved otherwise you will loose out. Players need close management because they are fragile and today as we talk I don’t support any team,” he said
To any prospective owner at Tafic he had this advice: “ In my experience there is a lot of infighting even if you have a shareholders agreement some just decide not to honour the deals and in the end fights erupt.
“Today you will need at least P1.8 Million to run a team so you have to agree on how much you must all contribute. Gate takings are just not enough to run the team. Today’s players need signing on fees so this is a risky business. I think people who are still involved are kept in there by the passion. I think it is time for the youth to take over and run clubs with open minds and more advanced methods.
“ Whoever takes over at Tafic, I wish them the best of luck – they will certainly need it,” he concluded.

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