Notši backs Shale to stay

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

“We will soon re­veal the short­list for the awards as we have a panel that will be work­ing on it,” said Mot­samai.

On the is­sue of spon­sor­ship next sea­son, Mot­samai said the PLMC was hop­ing Vo­da­com would con­tinue bankrolling the league next sea­son. The telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions gi­ant, which started spon­sor­ing the league in 2009/10, ex­tended the deal by one sea­son last year.

“We are still in talks with Vo­da­com to see if they can con­tinue spon­sor­ing the league cham­pi­onship. We re­main con­fi­dent of a new, bet­ter and big­ger deal with Vo­da­com. We all hope our part­ner­ship will con­tinue and that will re­main on board,” he said. FOR­MER na­tional team coach, Les­lie Notši, has backed out-of-con­tract Bantu men­tor, Mot­latsi Shale, to re­main at the club.

Notši’s re­marks fol­low wide­spread re­ports claim­ing he was be­ing lined-up to be the new man in charge of the Mafeteng-based pre­mier league out­fit next sea­son.

Shale signed a one-year con­tract at the start of the 2014/15 sea­son, which ex­pires this month. He has been Bantu coach since the start of the 2013/14 sea­son.

Dis­miss­ing re­ports of the pending ap­point­ment at Bantu, Notši—who was tech­ni­cal ad­vi­sor at Bantu since the start of the sec­ond round of the 2014/15 pre­mier league sea­son— said: “I think the sup­port­ers should give Shale credit for the trans­for­ma­tion he has brought to this team. He ended Bantu’s drought for a pre­mier league ti­tle by win­ning it in 2013/14 when he joined the team. For me, there is no bet­ter man for this job than Shale.

“Com­ing back to me, the Bantu man­age­ment is aware I want Shale to re­main with the club and I’m con­fi­dent the two par­ties will sign a new con­tract soon.”

Notši, whose last coach­ing job was with South African first di­vi­sion side Garankuwa United early this year, added he was com­fort­able work­ing as an ad­vi­sor at Bantu. The ami­able men­tor fur­ther said he would not be re­turn­ing to the bench in the new sea­son, end­ing the spec- ula­tion of his tak­ing over the Bantu coach­ing reins.

“It is un­fair that some peo­ple have been call­ing for the coach to go sim­ply be­cause Bantu lost the league ti­tle to Li­oli. “This is part of the game; Li­oli were the best team this past sea­son and should be given credit for that and as for Bantu, they should work on re­claim­ing the cham­pi­onship, which makes the up­com­ing sea­son quite in­ter­est­ing,” said Notši.

“For the past two sea­sons, the top goal-scorer award has gone to Bantu, which proves Shale has been do­ing a great job and help­ing the guys play at­tack­ing foot­ball.

“I be­lieve he still has a long way to go with this club and will bring them a lot of suc­cess. It is also im­por­tant to re­mem­ber he has man­aged to win a tro­phy ev­ery sea­son since ar­riv­ing here, which makes him the best man to coach Bantu.”

Mean­while, the A Matšo Mate­bele squad is set for a ma­jor shakeup be­fore the new sea­son starts, with a num­ber of un­der­per­form­ing play­ers ex­pected to be shown the door.

Among this out­ward-bound group are mid­fielder Mo­siuoa Boseeka and striker Dlomo Mon­aphathi, who strug­gled for game-time last sea­son.

Asked about th­ese de­vel­op­ments, Bantu pres­i­dent, Leuta Leuta, said the club was al­ready ne­go­ti­at­ing with Shale with the hope of ex­tend­ing his con­tract.

“We have al­ready had a meet­ing with him and will have an­other soon to fi­nalise our talks,” Leuta said.

“As a club, we would want him to stay, but it will de­pend on how our ne­go­ti­a­tions are go­ing to progress.”

Leuta also con­firmed the club would re­lease a num­ber of play­ers dur­ing the cur­rent off­sea­son, and bring new ones to en­sure a suc­cess­ful 2015/16 cam­paign.

“Plans are at an ad­vanced stage to re­in­force our team while there will be other play­ers leav­ing the club. The team will also pro­mote ju­niors to the se­nior side, as we build a team ca­pa­ble of hold­ing its own against the best,” he said.

For­mer Likuena coach Les­lie Notši.

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