Wor­ry­ing de­vel­op­ments at Linare

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

While linare sup­port­ers were still try­ing to come to terms with the de­par­ture of star-play­ers Mabuti Pot­loane and Kopano Mo­taung, they were dealt yet an­other blow fol­low­ing the res­ig­na­tion of head-coach Freese Ntene last week.

Ntene left Tse Tala for am­bi­tious Sun­dawana al­most two weeks af­ter in­spi­ra­tional cap­tain Pot­loane and de­fen­sive rock Mo­taung quit the club and joined Mat­lama.

There is no doubt Pot­loane’s de­par­ture made linare sup­port­ers an­gry and also left them won­der­ing what could be hap­pen­ing at their beloved club.

in Pot­loane, linare lost an ex­tremely gifted player who had been very in­stru­men­tal in the team’s rise over re­cent years.

last sea­son, linare ended the cam­paign in third place, and also reached the LNIG Top8 fi­nal, which they un­for­tu­nately lost to li­oli.

Tse Tala was al­ways danger­ous go­ing for­ward, thanks to the mid­field magic of Pot­loane.

Both Mo­taung and Pot­loane came through linare’s devel­op­ment ranks and the pair also wore the cap­tain’s arm­band to con­firm how highly-rated they were at the club.

Yet th­ese de­vel­op­ments have not only been dis­turb­ing to linare sup­port­ers be­cause i’m also wor­ried as a foot­ball fan.

Pot­loane’s out­stand­ing per­for­mance won him the 2013/14 Vo­da­com Pre­mier league player-of-thesea­son award, which proved in­deed, he was a good foot­baller.

The mid­fielder had con­tin­u­ously turned down of­fers to leave his beloved linare, which also proved his com­mit­ment to his home-team, but I guess he fi­nally grew tired of how the club was be­ing run and de­cided to leave.

how­ever, in as much as Pot­loane’s de­par­ture hurts, maybe we should also con­sider the player him­self and his dreams, which seemed un­likely to hap­pen at linare.

in linare, we are not talk­ing about an or­di­nary side but a club which has pro­duced many leg­ends of this game, which is why it is so sad to see the team in such dis­ar­ray. We are talk­ing here about the likes of Thulo ‘Magic Touch’ le­boe- la, em­manuel ‘ Gar­inja’ Phamotse, and Ka­belo Mosothoane.

it is also very sad that linare have not won the league ti­tle for over 30 years now and looks highly un­likely the club will chal­lenge the likes of li­oli and Bantu for honours for as long as they con­tinue to lose their best as­sets.

For the sake of the foot­ball-lov­ing public, i hope the team’s man­age­ment will do some­thing to make linare the force they used to be.

With many of our clubs experiencing ad­min­is­tra­tive prob­lems, i be­lieve a course on man­age­ment would be ideal for foot­ball of­fi­cials to im­prove their man­age­rial skills.

On a dif­fer­ent note, i would want to pass my best wishes to Bantu, who left the coun­try yes­ter­day for Satur­day’s African Cham­pi­ons League pre­lim­i­nary round first-leg match against Gabon’s AS Manga-

sport.

A Matšo Mate­bele have been play­ing well of late and i hope they will con­tinue with this splen­did form when they face the Gabonese side in li­bre­ville and then at Set­soto Sta­dium a fort­night later.

Bantu should not con­cede any goals in the away match, which has been the prob­lem with our teams in con­ti­nen­tal com­pe­ti­tions, so they can kill the game here at home.

i hope litšepe Marabe will also con­tinue with his fine form, which saw him score his 14th goal of the sea­son this past week­end in Bantu’s 1-0 win over Sun­dawana.

Marabe has done it be­fore at this level and i still re­mem­ber his won­der­ful strike for Mat­lama against South Africa’s Su­pers­port United in the 2011 edi­tion of the com­pe­ti­tion.

Un­for­tu­nately, that won­der­strike was not enough for Tse Put­soa to progress to the next round of the tour­na­ment.

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