Bantu will bounce back from defeat - Maile
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.