Shale ral­lies Bantu

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Moorosi Tsiane

Bantu coach, Mot­latsi Shale, says he is aware of his team’s tight sched­ule in 2015 but be­lieves his play­ers have what it takes to make an im­pres­sion in the var­i­ous tour­na­ments they would be tak­ing part in.

In ad­di­tion to their regular Pre­mier League matches, the Mafeteng-based out­fit are also go­ing to take part in the LNIG top8 and 2015 Con­fed­er­a­tion of african Foot­ball (Caf) Cham­pi­ons League com­pe­ti­tions—a tall or­der for any team no-mat­ter its depth in tal­ent.

Bantu begin the sec­ond round of the 2014/15 foot­ball sea­son with a tricky clash against resur­gent Likhopo on 10 Jan­uary, and then face league rook­ies Kick­4life a week later. the fol­low­ing week­end, Bantu play the first leg of the LNIG Top8 quar­ter­fi­nal whose sec­ond round is sched­uled for the week­end of 14-15 Fe­bru­ary. this is the same week the Caf Cham­pi­ons League gets un­der­way, with Bantu fac­ing Gabonese side as Man­gas­port in Li­bre­ville.

How­ever, Shale re­mains con­fi­dent his charges would han­dle the pres­sure that comes with such a heavy sched­ule.

“We are faced with a very busy timetable as soon as the sec­ond round re­sumes,” Shale said. “that is the rea­son why we did not give the play­ers off-days for the Christ­mas hol­i­days be­cause I had to keep them in shape.”

Shale also told the Le­sotho Times that while the team would have wanted to sign new play­ers for the Cham­pi­ons League, they would still not have been el­i­gi­ble for the early stage of the tour­na­ment.

“If things go ac­cord­ing to plan, we have to get some new sign­ing to boost our squad but un­for­tu­nately, we can­not use them for the Cham­pi­ons League un­less we qual­ify for the later stage of the com­pe­ti­tion. But still, we can use the play­ers in do­mes­tic matches if we man­age to get them.

“there are some big names we are hop­ing to sign although I can­not re­veal their names at the mo­ment.”

Shale em­pha­sised the need to add more play­ers, in­sist­ing: “It is go­ing to be a very heavy sched­ule as you can see, but the im­por­tant part is how one pre­pares his squad for the chal­lenges ahead.

“this is where we are fo­cus­ing our en­er­gies on—to make sure the play­ers are well pre­pared both men­tally and phys­i­cally. they have got to be at the same level as their coun­ter­parts from other african coun­tries when we take part in the Cham­pi­ons League, which is why we need to en­sure they are ad­e­quately pre­pared.

“On Mon­day next week, we will be tak­ing our play­ers to a high per­for­mance train­ing cen­tre in Bloem­fontein, and af­ter that, start with our fit­ness pro­grammes at Le­hakoe.”

Shale fur­ther said there was still time to pre­pare his team for the Cham­pi­ons League and en­sure it is as good as any.

“We have five weeks to get the team ready and I think we still have time be­cause there are sev­eral com­pet­i­tive friendlies lined-up be­fore then. there is also the top8 com­pe­ti­tion we will be tak­ing part in, so we will en­sure we are well-pre­pared for the com­pe­ti­tion.

“the plan is to go be­yond the pre­lim­i­nary stage of the Cham­pi­ons League, which is why we will be leav­ing no stone un­turned as we pre­pare for the com­pe­ti­tion.”

Bantu coach Mot­latsi Shale

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