Bantu ready for Gabon gi­ants

Lesotho Times - - Front Page - Mikia Kalati

Bantu coach, Mot­latsi Shale, has called on his troops to “fin­ish the job” when they face as Man­gas­port of Gabon in Sun­day’s african Cham­pi­ons League pre­lim­i­nary round sec­ond-leg match sched­uled for Set­soto Sta­dium.

the Gabonese side hold a 1-0 ad­van­tage from the first leg, but Shale be­lieves his play­ers have what it takes to over­come the deficit and book a place in the next round of the com­pe­ti­tion.

“It is go­ing to be a very tough match, but I think we have done our homework and the play­ers are ready to de­liver and put their names in the his­tory books,” Shale said.

“there is no doubt this is go­ing to be a mas­sive test for us as a team, but we are ready.

“the play­ers now need to go out there and fin­ish the job they started in Gabon two weeks ago,”

Shale said soon af­ter watch­ing his troops thrash High­landers 3-0 in Qoal­ing on Sun­day in the LNIG Top8 quar­ter­fi­nal sec­ond-leg tie.

Shale added Bantu would go for an early goal to set­tle the play­ers’ nerves and then go for the kill later in the game.

“Our dream is now in the hands of th­ese play­ers be­cause I feel we have per­formed our duty as coaches, which was to pre­pare them for this very im­por­tant game,” said Shale.

“We are determined to win the match and book a place in the next round of the com­pe­ti­tion.

“It is now up to the boys to fin­ish the job af­ter hold­ing their own in the first leg away from home.”

With Bantu des­per­ate for goals come Sun­day, Shale is hop­ing in­form striker Litšepe Marabe would be on top of his game once again.

Marabe scored his 15th league goal of the sea­son in the 1-1 all draw against LCS last Satur­day, and Shale says the striker could de­cide the out­come of the Man­gas­port tie.

“He has an im­por­tant role to play on Sun­day and since we are a goal be­hind, scor­ing will be very im­por­tant for us in the re­verse fix­ture.”

the for­mer na­tional team striker also said what gives him con­fi­dence go­ing into the week­end tie is he is now aware of Man­gas­port’s style of play.

“the good thing is we now have an idea of what to ex­pect from Man­gas­port.

“We gave them a fight in their own backyard in the first leg match and cre­ated chances of our own, which we could have put away with a bit of luck.

Based on that, I think we have a great chance of go­ing past them this week­end,” Shale said.

He added: “It’s true they have their strong points, but I think their weak­ness is in de­fence and that’s where we have to ex­ploit and pun­ish them.”

Shale also ad­mit­ted his play­ers could be tired af­ter play­ing two games over the week­end. af­ter the 1-1 draw against LCS on Satur­day, Bantu ham­mered Qoal­ing High­landers the fol­low­ing day in one of their finest, if not flaw­less, per­for­mances.

On his part, in­spi­ra­tional cap­tain, tlali Maile, said the up­com­ing match was a “do or die” for the Mafeteng-based out­fit.

“I think we have im­proved a lot as a team over re­cent months and did well in Gabon af­ter a very de­mand­ing trip,” Maile said.

“We will do all it takes to win Sun­day’s match and progress to the next stage of the com­pe­ti­tion.

“Sun­day’s game gives us a great op­por­tu­nity re­write the his­tory books by be­com­ing the first lo­cal side to go past the first stage of this com­pe­ti­tion, hence our de­ter­mi­na­tion to do well for the na­tion.”

Bantu play­ers end their train­ing ses­sion at Set­soto Sta­dium in this file pic­ture.

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