Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Nare an unsung hero ÔÇô Gilika

Newly-appointed BMC chairman, Kelesitse Gilika, says their main target is to sustain their beMOBILe Premier League status.

He pointed out that having failed to have a proper pre-season training, it would be unfair on the technical team to expect miracles from them come the end of the season. “We’ve not planned well for the season because of the court issues we had. But that is behind us now and our focus is in keeping the team in the Premier League. We have started well and we want to build on the performance in the next games,” said Gilika ahead of their Friday night clash with Motlakase at Molepolole Stadium.

BMC have won three matches and drawn two going into the clash. Gilika said this has shown that his side is strong mentally.
“It was strenuous to play five consecutive away games. It drained us financially and that meant that the players hardly had a rest because we were always on the road. But the good thing is that we turned the whole thing into positives and we got the points,” said Gilika.

The new boss hailed head coach Daniel ‘Chicco’ Nare saying that he has continued to show that he is an unsung hero.
He said he would continue supporting the technical team in order to achieve the desired dreams.

“Chicco is a good coach with lots of experience but he has not won a thing. I have put a structure in place so that he can do his job without any hassles. I don’t want him to have any complaints because that would distract him in preparing his players for the games,” said Gilika.

Nare is co-assisted by Pullen Busang and Tlhalefang Mogorosi. BMC have also roped in veteran Horatio Mahloane as a technical director.

According to Gilika, the new set up will produce the results they want.

“Bra Chippa (Mahloane) is a father figure and he has already established a good working relationship with the technical team and players. Against all odds we’ll keep on fighting to turn this club into what we want,” he added.

On other issues, Gilika said they are not in the rush to change the club’s name as it has been speculated in the media.

“We want to change the name but there are certain procedures that need to be followed. At the moment, we’ll concentrate on the core business which is playing football. We still have the issue of building a brand because we need to clean our image having gone through those tough periods of courts. I think the break in December will also give us a chance to introspect,” he said.

On Friday night when they hosted Motlakase, BMC gave free entrance to school kids while elders were charge P10 instead of the standard P30.

Gilika said it is important for his side to fill the seats at their games.

“We know that we don’t the kind of following like other clubs but we feel that by giving school kids free entrance it will allow them to grow with our brand. We’re visiting different schools in order to sell our brand to them. We’ll be going into an intensive marketing of the club and I’ve no doubt that we’ll reap the rewards,” said Gilika.

RELATED STORIES

Read this week's paper