Bantu pre­pares for cham­pi­ons league

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

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.

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