Bantu not in a hurry to ap­point new coach

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

Bantu are not in a hurry to ap­point a new coach and could let Mos­ito Matela and Caswell Moru lead the team on a care­taker ba­sis un­til the end of the sea­son.

the Mafeteng pre­mier league gi­ants fired head-coach Katiso Mo­jakhomo early this month due to poor re­sults, and spec­u­la­tion had been rife the club would reap­point Motlatsi shale to the post.

shale, who led A Matšo Mate­bele to their first pre­mier league ti­tle in 2013/14, left Bantu five months ago af­ter the club de­cided not to re­new his con­tract.

how­ever, af­ter an in­dif­fer­ent start to the sea­son — in which Bantu won two, drew two and lost one of their five matches of the 2015/16 cam­paign — Mo­jakhomo was shown the door.

But ac­cord­ing to the club’s pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer, Motlatsi Mofokeng, a new coach was not a pri­or­ity at the mo­ment and man­age­ment dis­cussed the is­sue with sup­port­ers at the week­end.

Mofokeng on Mon­day told the Le­sotho Times: “We had a meet­ing with our sup­port­ers on sun­day to up­date them about the lat­est de­vel­op­ments within the club.

“We told them a new coach could be ap­pointed af­ter the Top4 tour­na­ment next month and that in the mean­time, ntate Matela and ntate Moru would be in charge on a care­taker ba­sis. the two coaches have a good un­der­stand­ing of the club and we be­lieve the team will still be com­pet­i­tive un­der their lead­er­ship.”

Mofokeng con­tin­ued: “It is also pos­si­ble the two could be in charge of the team for the whole sea­son and a new coach only brought in next sea­son, if at all nec­es­sary.

“It is a tricky sit­u­a­tion, but man­age­ment will do what is best for the team. We have a num­ber of op­tions for the job, but for now, the fo­cus is on get­ting the team back on track.”

As for shale’s re­turn, Mofokeng could not say if he was among the pos­si­ble can­di­dates for the coach­ing job.

“there was a lot to dis­cuss dur­ing sun­day’s meet­ing with the sup­port­ers. the in­ten­tion is to get the team back to win­ning ways and be­cause we value our sup­port­ers, that’s why we had to have this meet­ing with them and map the way to­gether. We feel that was achieved on sun­day,” Mofokeng said.

“the be­lief among the Bantu fam­ily is still there de­spite the team’s poor start to the sea­son. We are con­vinced we can turn things around and make Bantu a force to reckon with once again.”

Bantu are sev­enth on the 14-team premier­ship ta­ble, and Mofokeng be­lieves it is still too early to rule the team out of the ti­tle race.

Af­ter win­ning the premier­ship in 2013/14, Bantu ended in sec­ond term last sea­son, with Li­oli win­ning the cov­eted ti­tle.

Mean­while, Mofokeng has re­vealed the club would lis­ten to of­fers for former Likuena de­fender, thabo Ma­su­alle, who has been sus­pended by the club due to dis­ci­plinary is­sues.

Me­ha­lal­i­toe mid­fielder Boi­tumelo Ra­bale.

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