Bantu tar­get Notši

. . . Premier League cham­pi­ons want to boost coach­ing depart­ment ahead of con­ti­nen­tal jam­boree

Lesotho Times - - Front Page - Mikia Kalati

Bantu are hop­ing to add for­mer na­tional team coach Leslie notši (pic­tured) to their tech­ni­cal depart­ment ahead of the 2015 african Cham­pi­ons League.

ac­cord­ing to highly placed sources, notši — who is cur­rently club-less after leav­ing South african First Di­vi­sion side Garankuwa united — would join Bantu as an ad­vi­sor on a tem­po­rary ba­sis, while Mot­latsi Shale re­mains head-coach.

Bantu would be mak­ing their maiden ap­pear­ance in the con­ti­nen­tal tour­na­ment when it gets un­der­way in Fe­bru­ary next year, and seek to re­in­force both their squad and coach­ing depart­ment ahead of the an­nual showcase.

Con­tacted for com­ment, notši pro­fessed ig­no­rance of Bantu’s in­ter­est, but told the Le­sotho Times he had heard about the “ru­mour”.

On his part, Bantu pres­i­dent, John Leuta, told the Le­sotho Times the re­quest for as­sis­tance had come from the tech­ni­cal depart­ment it­self, adding sev­eral names had been sug­gested for the role, among them notši, for­mer na­tional team cap­tain Lehlo­honolo Seema and for­mer na­tional team as­sis­tant coach Lehlo­honolo thotanyana.

How­ever, with Seema heav­ily com­mit­ted at Bloem­fontein Celtic where he is an as­sis­tant coach, and thotanyana be­ing ap­pointed Le­sotho Foot­ball as­so­ci­a­tion tech­ni­cal Di­rec­tor this week, notši is left the strong­est pos­si­ble can­di­date for the Bantu post.

Leuta told the Le­sotho Times: “It is true we would want to re­in­force our tech­ni­cal team ahead of the Cham­pi­ons League, but we are not fir­ing Shale.

“the thing is, our tech­ni­cal team has re­quested that we get the ex­per­tise and as­sis­tance of an ex­pe­ri­enced coach such as notši, Seema and thotanyana.

“I would like to em­pha­sise that this re­quest came from our tech­ni­cal team; they asked for somebody with the nec­es­sary ex­pe­ri­ence to help them dur­ing the con­ti­nen­tal com­pe­ti­tion and I don’t think that per­son would be in the post on a per­ma­nent ba­sis.”

Leuta in­sisted Shale, who took Bantu to their first Premier League ti­tle last sea­son, would re­main head-coach of the team even if notši was to join the team.

He would also not com­ment whether or not the club had al­ready ap­proached notši.

“Shale re­mains the coach; we are not even think­ing of re­plac­ing him.

“It’s a fact that I have not been happy with the per­for­mance of the team of late, but that has noth­ing to do with the coach.

“the prob­lem has been our play­ers who were un­der­es­ti­mat­ing their op­po­nents and we ended up drop­ping points un­nec­es­sar­ily,” said Leuta.

“I have warned the play­ers against com­pla­cency and I be­lieve we will be a bet­ter team when the sec­ond round starts.”

Leuta added Bantu, who are sec­ond on the 14-team Vodacom Premier League ta­ble half­way into the sea­son, were look­ing for­ward to know­ing their Cham­pi­ons League op­po­nents when the draw is con­ducted in Cairo, Egypt, on Mon­day next week.

Bantu are seven points be­hind pace­set­ters Li­oli go­ing into the Christ­mas hol­i­day break.

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