Bell tolls for Linare coach

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

Linare in­sist they have not fired head­coach Le­ba­joa Mphon­goa but only sus­pended him to pave the way for an in­quest into the team’s poor per­for­mance.

Mphon­goa was not on the bench when Linare lost 2-1 to LDF at Ratjo­mose Ground on Sun­day, prompt­ing spec­u­la­tion he had been dis­missed.

But ac­cord­ing to Linare pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer, Re­files Makhobot­loane, the coach had been asked to ex­plain the team’s dis­mal run and not re­port for train­ing un­til fur­ther no­tice.

Tse Tala have won three, drawn one and lost six of their league matches so far this sea­son, and are 10th on the 14-team premier­ship ta­ble.

Makhobot­loane told the Le­sotho Times on Tues­day: “He (Mphon­goa) re­mains our coach and has only been sus­pended to give him time to ex­plain the team’s strug­gles. If he had been fired, then a new coach would have taken over.”

Mokhobot­loane fur­ther said Linare ap­pre­ci­ate the for­mer Bloem­fontein Celtic and Likuena striker’s role at the club, hence the de­ci­sion to give him an op­por­tu­nity to ex­plain what could be the rea­son be­hind the dis­mal form.

“Our coach is very pas­sion­ate about his job. He is dis­ci­plined and has never given us any prob­lem. We just want to get to the bot­tom of what could be the rea­son be­hind the poor form and chart the way for­ward.

“If he feels the prob­lem lies with us, as man­age­ment, then we need to know be­cause we al­ready have the play­ers’ side of the story.

“The other prob­lem is he has failed to in­tro­duce our own style of play and his for­ma­tions have not been con­sis­tent,” said Mokhobot­loane.

Ac­cord­ing to Mokhobot­loane, the club would only de­cide Mphon­goa’s fate af­ter the coach sub­mits his re­port and both par­ties de­bate the is­sue.

“The de­ci­sion whether he stays or goes will only be taken once he has pro­vided us with the re­port and we have dis­cussed it, and like I said, for now, he re­mains the head-coach of the team,” Mokhobot­loane said.

“In the mean­time, his as­sis­tant, Papiki Khahloe, will be in charge of the team as we thrash out this is­sue with the coach.”

Mean­while, af­ter Linare handed LDF their first win of the sea­son, they face Bantu at home this week­end, in what prom­ises to be a humdinger of a match. Bantu have been on a roll over the past three weeks, beat­ing pow­er­house Li­oli twice and Rovers to re­claim their sta­tus as one of the gi­ants of do­mes­tic foot­ball.

The team had strug­gled for form this sea­son, lead­ing to the sack­ing of coach Katiso Mo­jakhomo just five matches into the cam­paign. Bantu were 10th on the ta­ble when Mo­jakhomo was shown the door but are now fifth on the Vo­da­com Premier League ta­ble on 14 points — five be­hind pace­set­ters Mat­lama. Both teams have played eight league matches so far this sea­son.

Sus­pended Linare coach Le­ba­joa Mphon­goa.

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