FRANCISTOWN: TAFIC chairperson, Carlos Sebina is optimistic that the club’s recently launched ‘Adopt-a-Player’ initiative will soon bear fruits.
Under the initiative an individual or corporate entity commits to paying a player’s salary for a certain period.
The corporate entity or the individual also has the option of financing the welfare of a given player with the exception of a salary. The club started sharing information about the initiative on Sunday.
“We decided to launch such an initiative because it is hard for companies or well wishers to sponsor us with huge sums of cash to fund our operations owing to the current economic climate.
After our exit from the Premier League, our players earn relatively low salaries hence we assume that companies or individuals will not shy away from supporting the initiative,” said Sebina further stating that the club has lined up a few activities around the country, meant to market the newly launched initiative.
According to Sebina, since the launch of the initiative, several companies and individuals have shown interest to assist the club. Sebina said the companies made enquiries and promised to get back after reviewing their financial position.
“If they come forward they will greatly help us augment other initiatives that we have, that are meant to help the club run its operations
The chairperson further stated that the club management is also working on other initiatives meant to raise cash to ensure that the team operates efficiently on a consistent basis.
“We will soon be launching an initiative where supporters will be forking out P250 each. We are targeting 2,000 supporters. If all the supporters can contribute, we believe that we can finance other projects that can also help sustain the team in the long-run,” said the Francistown- based businessman.
TAFIC has often been dogged by financial problems resulting in the club failing to pay players and coaches. The financial instability is often cited as the reason the club has been alternating between the Premier League and the First Division league in the last decade.
When he was elected into office, Sebina promised that during his two-year tenure he intends to create a strong foundation that will ensure long-term sustainability for the club. Previous chairpersons have in the past been accused of lacking business acumen and creativity that can steer the club to financial stability.