Township Rollers’ boss Jagdish Shah says in the two years he has been at the club, he has learnt a lot about football administration. He pointed out that the experience would go a long way in helping him to turn Rollers into the most feared outfit in the land.
This season, Rollers have been in the news mostly for the wrong reasons. As if it was not enough, head coach Madinda Ndlovu resigned from the club on Monday night following a 2-1 defeat to Gaborone United in the Mascom Top 8 final. “I must say that I know football better than when I first started. What I’ve realised is that there is a lot of politics in the game and one has to be strong to overcome that. I must emphasise that I came here driven by the passion I have for this beautiful game and for the club. Rollers are a big brand and it is important that all the stakeholders work together to ensure that we grow the brand that is Rollers,” said Shah on Friday morning.
Despite reports that he is not in good terms with his co-director Somerset Gobuiwang, Shah dismissed that by saying, “in every environment people have differences but that does not mean we hate each other. Somerset has the best interests of this club at heart and the same goes with me. We’re going to sit down together when the season comes to an end and map the way forward for the club. It is also important we bring on board all the stakeholders to ensure that nothing is left out.”
While the supporters have been up in arms criticising the management for the signing of former internationals Jerome Ramatlhakwana, Noah Maposa, Dirang Moloi and Tshepo Motlhabankwe, Rollers’ boss said there was a need to bring them to the club. “We were involved in three competitions this season and there was a general feeling that we need to bolster the squad. We wanted to compete strongly in all the competitions but unfortunately we got knocked out of the CAF Champions League. At the same time the results did not come our way in the Premier League. As much as I want to admit that some of the new players have not been at their best, I want to believe that they are very important to this club,” said Shah.
The boss further pointed out that at the end of the season, there is a need to sit down with all the players for a “serious assessment of the season.” He pointed out that whilst he has read over the newspapers about players being unhappy with the club, he wants to believe that his troops are happy. “I think if there is a player who is not happy, it might be because of not getting enough game time. It happens all over the world but it is something which the technical team has to address,” he said.
Following the departure of Ndlovu in the past week, Shah has promised the supporters that they will have a new coach in place before the start of the 2015/16 Premier League season. “At the moment, the coaching matters have been left to Teenage Mpote. He has to convince us that he is the right man for the job in the remaining games. At the end of the season, we’ll sit down and map the way forward. We want a professional coach who will serve the interests of all those associated to this club. Already I’ve received a number of applications but we’ll not rush into making a decision,” Shah said.