Bantu prepares for champions league
DEFENDING premier league champions, Bantu, will be hoping to gain momentum in their preparations for the 2015 Confederation of African Football (CAF) champions league competition when they host South African premier league side Bloemfontein Celtic in a friendly match at Setsoto Stadium on Sunday.
A Matšo Matebele and Mangasport will face off in Gabon in the first leg of the tournament on 17 February 2015, with the second leg scheduled for Setsoto Stadium a fortnight later.
Bantu Communications and Marketing Manager, Bokang Phasumane, said he believed the match against Celtic was what his team needed as they fine tune for the continental showcase.
“We are still in negotiations to play more sides from outside the country because we believe they can help us improve and get ready for the match against Mangasport,” Phasumane said.
“This will be a very important match in the history of the club and we want to make it past the preliminary stages.”
Phasumane said Bantu will not be adding any new players to their squad before the continental club competition.
“Unfortunately the deadline to bring new faces for Champions League competition is over now and we will be using the squad that we have,” he said.
“We are happy with what we have and are confident the experience in our squad will help the team overcome Mangasport as most of our players have tasted international football with the national teams.”
The Bantu spokesperson also said their side will look to the experience of captain, Tlali Maile, Thabo Masualle and the exploits of the premier league’s top goal scorer, Litšepe Marabe.
Marabe already has 11 goals under his belt heading into the second round of the campaign expected to get underway this weekend.
“Most of the players in our squad are very experienced and that will be vital going into the continental competition,” Phasumane said.
The Mafeteng-based side are also confident of adding the experience of former Likuena coach, Leslie Notši to their technical department.
Notši has been clubless since parting ways with South African first division side, Garankuwa United in Novermber last year.
“He has already started helping us and is currently studying the Gabonese side before the match in February,” said Phasumane.
FILE PIC: Litšepe Marabe (right) dribbles past an LCS player during a Premier League tie.