Notši backs Shale to stay
“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.