Mat­lama axe Taole

Vet­eran coach an­gered by the man­ner of his dis­missal

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Kalati Mikia

Premier league giants mat­lama have re-as­signed vet­eran coach Nte­bele ‘ mo­c­ho­lene’ Taole and re­placed him with Lehlo­honolo ‘ Killer’ mokhele — a move which has not gone down well with the sea­soned men­tor.

The Sea Point out­fit on Tues­day con­firmed over­haul­ing their tech­ni­cal depart­ment, ap­point­ing mokhele head­coach, while Sello Se­holo­holo and mokoena mo­hale would be his as­sis­tants.

mat­soai Shokhoe re­mains goal­keep­ers’ coach, while Taole has been ap­pointed tech­ni­cal ad­vi­sor.

Ac­cord­ing to Mat­lama sec­re­tary gen­eral, Thabo Nkhahle, another shake-up is that of maile mokoena, who will dou­bleup as a coach for the youth team and one of the as­sis­tant coaches with the se­nior squad as the nine-time league cham­pi­ons pre­pare for the 2015/16 sea­son, which is ex­pected to be­gin in two months’ time.

mokhele, who took charge of mat­lama briefly dur­ing the 2013/14 sea­son, had been with the club’s ju­nior sides since, and has been backed by Nkhahle to do well in his new head-coach role. Nkhahle on Tues­day told the Le­sotho

Times that the new coaches would be ca­pa­ble of han­dling Mat­lama “since they were learn­ing un­der Taole and Mofihli makoele, who were in charge of the team for the last two sea­sons”.

He con­tin­ued: “The club re­lieved the three of their du­ties in the 2012/13 sea­son be­cause we felt they still needed to learn the job be­fore they could take-over the se­nior team.

“Like i said, mokhele is now the in­terim head-coach and will be as­sisted by Mo­hale and Se­holo­holo. Hope­fully, they can han­dle the pres­sure and get the ap­point­ments on a long-term ba­sis.

“It’s not that they did badly the last time around, but the pres­sure of coach­ing the team be­came too much for them, es­pe­cially dur­ing the big matches. That’s why we felt they could get bet­ter with a bit of men­tor­ing.

“mat­lama have re­mained com­mit­ted to de­vel­op­ing our own coaches, which is why we gave them a chance to grow with­out pres­sure. We now be­lieve they are ready to take over, hence these ap­point­ments.

“I’m con­fi­dent these coaches will help the team do well in the new sea­son as we would also like to add three or four play­ers to re­in­force our squad.”

Nkhahle fur­ther said mat­lama wanted to “cre­ate to a pool of coaches” for fu­ture con­sid­er­a­tion for roles at the Sea Point out­fit.

How­ever, Taole told the Le­sotho Times that the knives had long been out for him and was not sur­prised that he had been shown the door. The vet­eran men­tor fur­ther re­acted an­grily to sug­ges­tions by Nkhahle that he had been re-as­signed to be­come tech­ni­cal ad­vi­sor.

“They should stop play­ing around with words to make it sound good. i have been fired and that is what they should be telling the na­tion and not make it ap­pear as if it was some­thing else,” Taole said.

Taole fur­ther told the Le­sotho Times that he was “hurt” by the man­ner he was re­moved as head-coach.

“They should have been hon­est with me in­stead of telling me that i will serve in the team’s tech­ni­cal com­mit­tee.

“This is the end for me and mat­lama; what is left is for me to re­turn their staff that i still have,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to Taole, the man­age­ment should have told him where he had failed.

“i feel the team im­proved a lot un­der me, as we reached two fi­nals last sea­son, which we un­for­tu­nately lost — one through a penalty shootout (11-10 to Li­oli in the in­de­pen­dence Cup) and the LNIG Top8 we lost 3-2 against Bantu.”

mat­lama also ended the 2014/15 sea­son in fourth po­si­tion on the 14-team premier league ta­ble, win­ning the sup­port of many neu­trals in the process through their free-flow­ing at­tack­ing football.

“The sup­port­ers just need to know that I have been fired and not these sto­ries that are be­ing made-up for my de­par­ture to sound and look good and am­i­ca­ble,” said Taole.

Goal­keeper Coach Mat­soai shokhoe

New Coach Lehlo­honolo Mokhele

FOR­MER Mat­lama Coach Nte­bele taole

As­sis­tant Coach Mokoena Mo­hale

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