Leuta chal­lenges Bantu

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

Bantu pres­i­dent, Leuta Leuta, has called on his play­ers to atone for their early exit from the 2015 african Cham­pi­ons League tour­na­ment.

a Matšo Mate­bele were beaten 1-0 by as Man­gas­port of Gabon in the pre­lim­i­nary round of the con­ti­nen­tal tour­na­ment but Leuta says the team is still on course for the league and LNIG top8 ti­tles, whose wins could make-up for last week­end’s dis­ap­point­ing ouster.

Bantu needed to score at-least two goals with­out con­ced­ing any in Sun­day’s re­verse fix­ture at Set­soto Sta­dium af­ter los­ing the first leg 1-0 a fort­night ago in Gabon, but failed to breach the Man­gas­port de­fence, lead­ing to the early exit.

“the whole Bantu fam­ily is dis­ap­pointed that we have failed to ad­vance to the next stage of the com­pe­ti­tion,” Leuta said this week.

“But as much as it is painful, life should go on as we still have the league and LNIG top8 ti­tles to fight for.”

Leuta fur­ther said the team had been con­fi­dent of do­ing well in the tour­na­ment but came ag­o­nis­ingly short, par­tic­u­larly in the must-win re­turn leg.

“We did bril­liantly in Gabon although we lost 1-0 in that match. How­ever, be­cause of the slim mar­gin, I had hoped we would turn the ta­bles and beat Man­gas­port here at home, but un­for­tu­nately, this was not to be,” said Leuta.

“But like I said, all is not lost as we still have two ma­jor tro­phies to fight for do­mes­ti­cally and I ex­pect the team to bounce back from this con­ti­nen­tal dis­ap­point­ment and take both the league and top tro­phies.”

Leuta fur­ther said he felt the game was re­ally lost in the re­turn leg when the team sim­ply failed to play their nor­mal game, and star-striker Litšepe Marabe was red-carded in the 43rd minute for re­act­ing to a vi­o­lent shove from the vis­i­tors.

“I feel our game-plan did not work out and the play­ers also failed to go flat-out for those two goals we needed. the red card also did not help mat­ters.

“But like I have al­ready said, the de­feat should not dis­cour­age the play­ers, and in fact, I can see the team be­com­ing stronger go­ing for­ward.

this was a valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence for ev­ery sin­gle one of us, and most im­por­tantly, it gave our young­sters in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence that should def­i­nitely help them as we fight for do­mes­tic honours.”

Bantu DE­FENDER TLALI MAILE (Cen­tre) Closes In on An AS Man­gas­port mid­fielder Dur­ing A CAF Cham­pi­ons LEAGUE MATCH played At Set­soto STA­DIUM on Sun­day.

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