Ntoya tar­gets top8 fin­ish

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Moorosi Tsiane

Kick­4life mid­fielder Fidel Ntoya says fin­ish­ing among the top eight teams on the 14-team Vo­da­com premier League ta­ble is a pri­or­ity for the am­bi­tious Maseru club. the ver­sa­tile Con­golese mid­fielder joined Kick­4Life at the start of the 2014/15 cam­paign and moved to Bantu this sea­son. But af­ter strug­gling for game-time at Bantu, ntoya re­turned to Kick­4life dur­ing the 2016 Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow and has been pulling the strings in the mid­dle-of-the-park for the youth­ful out­fit. Kick­4life are seventh on the premier league ta­ble with 28 points af­ter play­ing 21 matches and are still to play five games be­fore they com­plete their pro­gramme.

ntoya told the Le­sotho Times: “i am set­tling well in the team, and can’t com­plain. i am look­ing for­ward to help­ing the team fin­ish in a re­spectable po­si­tion at the end of the sea­son and cer­tainly not out­side the top-eight.”

Kick­4life fin­ished 10th on the ta­ble in their de­but sea­son in the topflight league last term un­der coach Mot­lalepula Ma­joro. the team is now be­ing coached by for­mer na­tional team men­tor, Les­lie notši, and ntoya says he is learn­ing “so much” from the for­mer na­tional team goal­keeper.

“notši is one of the most ex­pe­ri­enced coaches in this country and work­ing with him means a lot to me. i have no doubt he can help me as an in­di­vid­ual and the rest of the team, to reach to our full po­ten­tial,” he said.

“He is a very pro­fes­sional coach and likes hard­work­ing play­ers. He is more than a coach to us but a fa­ther- fig­ure to the team.”

asked what went wrong at Bantu, ntoya said: “i know many peo­ple think i had a prob­lem with Lehlo­honolo Seema (tech­ni­cal ad­vi­sor) but that is not the rea­son i left Bantu. What i can tell you is i joined Bantu be­cause i wanted a team where i could win tro­phies and play with more ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers be­cause as you can see at Kick­4life, there are a lot of young­sters.

“Un­for­tu­nately, that was not hap­pen­ing but the sit­u­a­tion was more frus­trat­ing be­cause i was not play­ing as much as i thought i would, while on the other hand, the team was not do­ing well. So i couldn’t sit on the bench and watch the team strug­gle know­ing what i could of­fer given the chance so i de­cided to ask to be re­leased in Jan­uary. that’s how i re­turned to Kick­4life.

“now my fo­cus is on Kick­4life. i will start to think about my next move when I have ful­filled my con­tract here.”

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