Bantu will bounce back from de­feat - Maile

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

BANTU cap­tain, Tlali Maile, has ex­pressed con­fi­dence his club will get its act to­gether and im­prove their per­for­mance against South African premier­ship side Free State Stars fol­low­ing Sun­day’s 0-3 chas­ten­ing by Bloem­fontein Celtic.

A Matšo Mate­bele will, on Sun­day, host Ea Lla Koto at Set­soto Sta­dium as part of prepa­ra­tions for the 2015 Con­fed­er­a­tion of African Foot­ball (CAF) Cham­pi­ons League com­pe­ti­tion.

The Mot­latsi Shale-coached side and Gabonese side 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.

“It is im­por­tant for us to re-group and get our act to­gether be­cause we are pre­par­ing for a very im­por­tant match in the con­ti­nen­tal com­pe­ti­tion next month,” Maile said.

“I think the loss to Celtic could, some­how, be a bless­ing in dis­guise since now we won’t re­lax but, in­stead, work hard to en­sure we get bet­ter.”

The Bantu skip­per said he is con­fi­dent his team will bounce back against Free State Stars and has called on the lo­cal foot­ball fra­ter­nity not give up on them just yet.

“The match against Celtic gave us a chance to see our mis­takes and rec­tify them,” he said.

“Bloem­fontein Celtic’s at­tacks mainly came from the wings and we failed to deal with them. The match was a learn­ing curve for us and an op­por­tu­nity to plan bet­ter and im­prove the way we play.

“I also think our fit­ness level was not up to scratch and it will be the main fo­cus in the next two weeks as we en­ter the cru­cial stage lead­ing to the Man­gas­port match.”

The steely de­fender said he be­lieves his team is ca­pa­ble of do­ing the coun­try proud in the CAF Cham­pi­ons League and called on his team­mates to dig deeper and rise to the oc­ca­sion.

“It’s a fact that we were poor against Celtic, but at the same time I think we did not play to our strengths. It is up to us to get things back on track,” Maile said.

“We have a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence and qual­ity in our team and I am con­fi­dent that we will get bet­ter.”

File pic­ture: Bantu cap­tain Tlali Maile (in black jer­sey) clears the ball as a Free State Stars player closes in dur­ing friendly match at Set­soto Sta­dium.

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