Newly elected Notwane FC President Tebogo Sebego and his committee have vowed to hit the ground running as they seek to resuscitate the club to its former glory.
Following their relegation from the elite league three years ago, ‘Sechaba’or ‘Toronto,’ as the club is affectionately known has been languishing in the lower leagues with no sign of returning back to the elite league.
The former Botswana Football Association (BFA) president and his committee converged last Thursday at the Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC) for a strategic retreat.
The workshop, which was facilitated by former FIFA Development officer Ashford Mamelodi, was meant to help the committee craft a new five year strategic plan, at the end of which the team will be expected to be back among the best in Botswana.
Speaking to Sunday Standard on the sidelines of the workshop, Sebego said as a committee, their short term goals are to ensure Notwane’s quick return to the elite as well as to revive its well celebrated but now dead grassroots development structures.
“As you know, this team has a rich history. The biggest thing is to try and reorganise it as it was now a dying brand. We have to revive it in terms of its administrative capacity and also to look at other structures that might be needed to support and bring it back,” the newly elected Notwane FC president said.
He continued, “Importantly, they are keen on returning to the Premier League, where they really belong. So our mandate will be to focus on getting the team rebranded, players’ welfare taken care of and for me importantly, trying to make it a very exciting team.”
Sebego said while returning the team to the premier league is a short term goal of his committee; they have however set themselves a five year plan to have turned the team into a big brand it once was.
Aside from returning the team to its former glory, Sebego said they intend to revive the team’s dwindling support base.
“One of our objectives for reviving our support base is to have a proper database and have more exciting programmes for our supporters. The idea is to have a very solid support base and reclaim our old members while recruiting new ones,” the newly elected Notwane president said.
To this end, Sebego said as a committee, they will be tapping in on the administrative experience of some of the best administrators available locally to ensure they achieve their objectives.