The country’s most successful club, Township Rollers, will this week open a Club House at the Old Campus Bar and Restaurant in Extension 10, Gaborone.
The initial plan was to open doors yesterday but when Sunday Standard visited the place on Friday afternoon, work was still in progress.
Rollers’ managing director, Somerset Gobuiwang, said that the main idea of opening a club house is to provide their general membership with a place where they can relax and interact.
“We wanted to open tomorrow because we’re behind schedule but without doubt next weekend the place will be running. This will be a place where all Rollers’ family members will be able to come and drink in a relaxed atmosphere. I want to make it clear that though it’s our club house, this does not mean other people cannot come and relax,” said Gobuiwang.
He pointed out that in the near future, they intend to open other club houses outside Gaborone where Rollers enjoy massive support. He said they can only achieve that through the support of their general membership.
“We would like to encourage business people and companies to come and advertise in the open space we have here. They’ll be able to get a lot of mileage because we’ll definitely attract so many patrons,” he added.
The Rollers’ boss said that they will ensure that there is proper security for their patrons to feel safe when visiting the place.
Rollers join two other clubs, Notwane and TAFIC, who have club houses which mostly cater for their supporters.
On Friday, some of the supporters were already visiting the pub to try and acclamatise with the area. While most supporters have welcomed the idea of opening a club house, others argue that the area is not conducive for that. One of the supporters said that the executive committee could have done a market research to see if the place is safe for such a pub.
Rollers won two successive league titles before their dominance was cut short by Mochudi Centre Chiefs this season. While it seems they will finish second on the log, their eyes are firmly on the Coca-Cola Cup and Mascom Top 8.
Rollers play Mogoditshane Fighters in the Coke Cup next weekend before taking on rivals Gaborone United in the two-legged Mascom Top 8 semi-final.
“This place (club house) would provide some of our supporters to hear and watch their team in action if they cannot make it to the stadiums. It would provide that feeling for them,” he concluded.