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VTM Security FC adopts EPL model craving elite league status

MOGODITSHANE, BOTSWANA — One rookie football club in the Kweneng Regional Football (KRF) division, VTM Security FC is causing quite a stir in the seasonal promotional leagues. Inspired by the desire to succeed the team has so far bought two statuses of struggling clubs at an undisclosed fee so as to rise up the ladder in the tightly contested lower divisions.

Formed in 2017, before adopting the status of Mmakgosi who ply their trade in division two – the lowest division in the KRF, before they qualified for play-offs which they had failed to gain promotion from open play. They then through their financier security company sought the status of Masitaoka FC.

VTM FC player in action of one of their matches

As if that was enough for their two years of existence, the club’s top brass also adopted the model often used by the English clubs where the coach is also the manager, and his responsibilities include amongst many, managing the player’s welfare. 

Briefing the media last week Friday, the club’s general manager, Vincent Mafuta said the model has been selected to speed track the acquisitions of sponsors, good governance and an all-round successful club. The club is also coached and managed by former Zebras, BDF XI and Township Rollers hard tackling defender Otlantshekela Mooketsi (31).

“When we started with this club, we obviously wanted to set up an entity that we can use to further elevate our core business which is a security company. Football is one of the powerful tools that any brand that needs growth should align itself with. So we wanted to be part of this and all of our team members are employees of the company. Our coach Mooketsi has been further given the responsibility similar to the English clubs where he also manages the players’ welfare. The young team is gradually getting sponsors to make it a successful club and it’s the process the team is anticipating.”

Players warm up ahead of their match

“Security companies depend on tenders to run but if you have sustainable relations besides your work scope it will be easier to open up other markets. So that’s how we will further source our business. We have a five-year strategic plan that include a women’s team and a development side. We have partners abroad as we want to have a team’s village. We want to balance the team’s fortunes, by the time we reach the elite league the company should grow too,” said Makute.

Already, the team has players going for greener pastures as they have lost one player who joined BTC premiership side Molepolole City FC formerly, Sharps Shooting Stars. 

To show their robust campaign for this season, the team had their pre-season in Rustenburg, South Africa. It is also rumoured that some of their players are on the radar of some RSA-based clubs.

For his part, VTM Security CEO Leronne Moremi urged people to support the team as it has potential to redeem the status of Botswana football. He said it is very rare for a lower ranked club to secure friendly games with high riders such as Rollers prompting that their ability to secure such is an indication of seriousness.

“We appeal to the media to engage us concerning the team. We are a Mogoditshane-based club by virtue of status however the headquarters are in Gaborone. We are still going to unveil more interesting aspects of football and making business though sports. Our coach and technical staff has been added to Botswana Football Association (BFA) to undergo coaching badges so these are baby steps that matter and surely we are here to compete hard.” 

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