Where did it all go wrong for Bantu?

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

BANTU have ap­pointed their third coach this sea­son af­ter sack­ing Katiso Mo­jakhomo and Mot­latsi Shale for poor re­sults.

Now all eyes are on Bafo­keng Mo­hapi, who was an­nounced Shale’s re­place­ment last week.

Well, for me, this was a bit of a sur­prise be­cause this is a team that has been op­er­at­ing pro­fes­sion­ally over the last three sea­sons or so and their brand grow­ing with each pass­ing year.

There have been a lot of sto­ries com­ing out of the Bantu camp as to what re­ally hap­pened, re­sult­ing in Shale’s dis­missal along­side five play­ers.

The fact that Bantu sacked first-choice goal­keeper, Kholoue Pha­sumane, who was also their player-of-the-sea­son last term, re­veals the ex­tent of the prob­lems at the club.

Pha­sumane is an ex­pe­ri­enced cam­paigner and there is no way a club could let such a player go if their re­la­tion­ship had not bro­ken down ir­re­triev­ably.

Yet I had al­ways main­tained that Bantu were wrong to let Shale go be­fore the start of the sea­son, af­ter de­cid­ing not to ex­tend his con­tract.

This was the man who had ended the club’s 87-year wait for the premier league ti­tle in 2013/14 and los­ing the cham­pi­onship to Li­oli last sea­son was not a valid rea­son for the club to show him the door.

While the club swal­lowed their pride and re­called Shale two months ago, the tim­ing was very bad as the team was en­joy­ing a good run un­der care­taker coach, Caswell Moru.

It was un­der Moru that A Matšo Mate­bele ended Li­oli’s un­beaten run in the 2015/16 league sea­son, as well as win­ning the highly con- tested In­de­pen­dence Cup at the ex­pense of bit­ter ri­vals Mat­lama, Li­oli and LCS.

As far as I’m con­cerned Bantu man­age­ment should have per­suaded Moru to re­main in charge un­til the end of the sea­son since he had al­ready made it clear that he was too busy to coach the team on a full­time ba­sis.

Bantu had shown so much po­ten­tial over the last three years and I am a bit dis­ap­pointed with the way man­age­ment has han­dled the team’s tech­ni­cal depart­ment.

I al­ways ex­pect big teams like Bantu and Li­oli to lead by ex­am­ple when it comes to such is­sues.

I hope for the sake of the club that man­age­ment will go back to the draw­ing board and get their house in or­der be­fore it’s too late.

I still feel there are un­re­solved is­sues be­tween man­age­ment that needs all the hon­esty among mem­bers in or­der for the team to re­turn to their best once again.

All I want to see is Bantu at their best once more and com­pet­ing for hon­ours and not fight­ing rel­e­ga­tion be­cause it will make the premier league com­pet­i­tive again.

It will now be very in­ter­est­ing to see if the new coach can turn it around con­sid­er­ing the fact that coaches of the cal­i­bre of Mo­jakhomo and Shale were

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