Li­oli have two bulls in one kraal

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

LI­OLI man­age­ment has fi­nally ad­mit­ted all is not well at the club.

And the un­rest in the Vo­da­com Premier League log-lead­ers’ camp was on dis­play last Satur­day dur­ing the team’s 0-1 loss to LCS in the LNIG Top8 quar­ter­fi­nal re­verse fix­ture.

Af­ter the first leg ended 1-1 two weeks ago, Satur­day’s win saw LCS pro­gress­ing to the semi-fi­nal on a 2-1 ag­gre­gate score­line, which means the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons would no longer be part of this tour­na­ment.

on Satur­day, Li­oli fans showed their dis­plea­sure with the coach­ing depart­ment by protest­ing af­ter the match and call­ing for their res­ig­na­tion.

It must be noted Li­oli have strug­gled for re­sults since the be­gin­ning of the year, so Satur­day’s loss was not en­tirely un­ex­pected.

It had also emerged head-coach Mosholu ‘Shoes’ Mokhothu, had not come for train­ing the whole of last week be­cause of dif­fer­ences with other mem­bers of the tech­ni­cal team.

Club spokesper­son Moeketsi Pitso has since con­firmed that Mokhothu, Tech­ni­cal Direc­tor (TD) Hale­makale Mahlala and As­sis­tant Coach Tha­bile Secker have been at log­ger­heads over a num­ber of is­sues, among them team-se­lec­tion.

But I must say, I saw these clashes com­ing when Mahlaha was ap­pointed TD in Au­gust last year.

What I’m try­ing to say is you can­not have Mahlaha hold­ing this ob­scure ti­tle when Mokhothu is also at the club, with­out ex­pect­ing mis­un­der­stand­ings or out­right hos­til­i­ties, es­pe­cially where the for­mer’s role is not clearly de­fined.

Again, I think many of our coaches who have been made tech­ni­cal di­rec­tors (TDS) don’t re­ally un­der­stand what the job en­tails, or are not given a clear man­date as far as the job is con­cerned.

I have seen these TDS on the touch­line on match-day, bark­ing in­struc­tions to the play­ers, thereby tak­ing over the du­ties of the coach, and bring­ing so much con­fu­sion into the team.

As for what is hap­pen­ing at Li­oli, man­age­ment should take the blame be­cause it is wrong to take an ac­tive coach and make him a tech­ni­cal direc­tor be­cause he will surely end-up stray­ing into the coach­ing arena.

The other thing man­age­ment should al­ways con­sider when mak­ing such an ap­point­ment is if he would be able to work with the coach, which means study­ing the char­ac­ters of the per­son­nel in­volved is of para­mount im­por­tance.

Like I said about Linare last week­end, it is very wor­ry­ing when the big guns of our league are not per­form­ing as ex­pected.

Li­oli might have lost star-striker Tšepo Se­tu­ru­mane and top de­fender Basia Makepe, who are un­der­go­ing po­lice train­ing but still, the team should be able to pro­duce re­sults be­cause of its qual­ity squad.

How­ever, this can only hap­pen if there is sol­i­dar­ity within the coach­ing depart­ment, hence it is very im­por­tant for man­age­ment to re­solve this prob­lem as soon as pos­si­ble or there will be more trou­ble at the club.

Be­fore I go, I guess the high­light of the week­end was Bantu’s African Cham­pi­ons League match away to Gabon’s Man­gas­port.

De­spite the 1-0 de­feat, I be­lieve A Matšo Mate­bele did pretty well to lose by such a small mar­gin in Maonda.

That nar­row loss gives Bantu a chance of pro­gress­ing to the next stage of the con­ti­nen­tal show­case, as they have the qual­ity to win the re­turn leg at home by a wide mar­gin.

Bantu Coach Mot­latsi Shale

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