TAFIC, who have been plagued by lack of finance, meet Nico in their be MOBILE premier league encounter at the Francistown Stadium on Sunday. The incentive from The Voice newspaper will be handed over to the players tomorrow evening. The players and the club's technical team will share P25, 000 amongst themselves. The lowest amount a player will take home is P550, but that will depend on the player's game time in the last three games.
Club officials did not disclose the highest amount a player would receive as for fear it could stir up unnecessary rifts in the team. "The players will get bonuses depending on the amount of contribution they made in the last three games. The lowest a player can get is P550. I cannot disclose the highest amount a player can get because I do not want to sow divisions in the team," said TAFIC Public Relations Officer and scribe Dubani Dubani.
Dubani confirmed in an interview this week that the players will be bankrolled tomorrow, ahead of their clash with Selebi Phikwe's Majombolo. The money will be a greater motivation for the players and will be a way of alleviating the club's cash problems, a content Dubani disclosed. The Machimenyenga boys, or Undipendikupe as TAFIC are affectionately known by their legions of supporters, have long been struggling to overcome their financial challenges. Last month the players reportedly snubbed training after they were not paid their October salaries.
The Voice, who are technical sponsors of the club, introduced the cash incentives after the club recorded a string of losses. The losses were blamed on the club's not paying players, which resulted in their morale hitting rock bottom.
The players were supposed to share P30, 000 amongst them if they won three consecutive games, starting with their match against Prisons XI. Their game with the "Warders" was to be followed by a derby against cross-town rivals, ECCO City Greens and finally, last week's clash against giants Township Rollers before a fully packed Francistown stadium.
TAFIC however, managed two victories against Prisons XI and Township Rollers. The club played to a 2-2 all draw against ECCO. The draw reduced the players' bonuses to P25, 000. There was no comment from co-owner of The Voice newspaper Donald Moore who reportedly came up with the decidedly important rescue package. Moore is expected to be the one handing the cash incentives to the players tomorrow.