Sun­dawana sack Ntene

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

SUN­DAWANA have sacked coach Lehlo­honolo ‘ Freeze’ Ntene and re­placed him with his as­sis­tant, Bob Mafoso.

The Butha-buthe out­fit have drawn three and lost three of the six premier­ship matches they have played so far this sea­son, prompt­ing club-owner and fa­mous tra­di­tional healer, ‘Thato Sun­dawana Nkone, to wield the axe.

Sun­dawana pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer, Bokang Pha­sumane, said Ntene was fired on Satur­day fol­low­ing the team’s 0-1 loss to Liphakoe at home. Former Lik­ila united head-coach Mafoso would now lead the team, Pha­sumane added.

“This de­ci­sion was due to poor re­sults and the coach had been warned he needed to win against Liphakoe to save his job,” Pha­sumane said.

“The other prob­lem was Ntate Ntene had been sick for some time and was not able to do his job as well as he would have liked.”

Pha­sumane fur­ther said the club bought all the play­ers Ntene asked for dur­ing the off­sea­son so ex­pec­ta­tions were the team would per­form well.

“The team has only man­aged three points so far this sea­son, which is not ac­cept­able, so a de­ci­sion had to be taken be­fore it was too late,” said Pha­sumane.

“The club would have given Ntene a chance had he won against Liphakoe but this was not the case, hence this change which we hope is go­ing to change the team’s for­tunes.”

On his part, Ntene told the Le­sotho Times he takes the blame for the poor per­for­mance and would not ques­tion his dis­missal.

“I was sick and could not plan prop­erly for the new sea­son, and in the end, the team suf­fered,” Ntene said.

“I re­spect man­age­ment’s de­ci­sion to let me go and will now take a break from coach­ing to fo­cus on my health.

“How­ever, man­age­ment is also aware I was un­happy about a few things that made our team weak, but at the same time, it’s not my na­ture to bad­mouth peo­ple in the me­dia.

“The bot­tom line is re­sults were not com­ing and changes had to be made.”

Ntene, who pre­vi­ously coached at the now-de­funct Mpha­rane Celtic and Linare, fur­ther re­vealed he plans to re­turn to coach­ing in Jan­uary.

“My health is my main pri­or­ity at the mo­ment, but I am hop­ing to re­turn to coach­ing in Jan­uary next year,” he said.

Mean­while, Ntene be­comes the sec­ond pre­mier league coach to be fired this sea­son af­ter Bantu booted out Katiso Mo­jakhomo last week also be­cause of a poor run.

THE late Lebo­hang Mata­mane (left): file pic.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Lesotho

© PressReader. All rights reserved.