New ex­ec­u­tive could be what Bantu needed

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

BANTU will be hold­ing early ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee elec­tions next month in a bid to bring sta­bil­ity and suc­cess to the team fol­low­ing a dis­as­trous 2015/16 sea­son.

In­sid­ers claim there is no har­mony among club of­fi­cials hence Bantu’s sev­enth-place fin­ish on the 14-team premier league table which was a bit­ter pill to swal­low for their fans.

and in a bid to re­vive the team, which won the league ti­tle in 2013/14, the club de­cided to hold elec­tions one year ahead of sched­ule, while also an­nounc­ing an over­haul of the club’s ad­min­is­tra­tive struc­ture.

yet the writ­ing was on the wall for Bantu through­out the cam­paign and one can only hope the early elec­tions would bring an­swers needed to boost this colour­ful out­fit.

Like I have said be­fore, our league is in­ter­est­ing when all the big guns are do­ing well and the any of them can win tro­phies, not just two teams.

But with Bantu fail­ing to come to the party as ex­pected this cam­paign, one could feel some­thing was miss­ing to make the sea­son and our elite league, a truly re­mark­able one.

Bantu made a lot of mis­takes in the just-ended sea­son, among them con­stant changes in the coach­ing de­part­ment which broke their rhythm.

It would be in­ter­est­ing to see what tran­spires dur­ing the 12 June poll at Mafeteng Golden ho­tel and the peo­ple elected in this con­fer­ence would have their work cut out in fixing what was bro­ken last sea­son, if not over the past two sea­sons.

There was no way that a team would chop and change coaches like Bantu did and still have a suc­cess­ful cam­paign.

But again, what hap­pened to Bantu was a wakeup call that se­ri­ous mea­sures needed to be taken to bring sta­bil­ity back to the club.

Bantu had proved over the last five years that they were a big brand and it was not even sur­pris­ing they could now at­tract spon­sor­ship from the cor­po­rate world. Metropoli­tan Le­sotho, Le­sotho Flour Mills and Le­sotho Fu­neral Ser­vices were some of the com­pa­nies which part­nered the club in an en­dorse­ment of its devel­op­ment and worth­while plat­form to mar­ket those or­gan­i­sa­tions.

But surely the in­sta­bil­ity at the club this sea­son was jeop­ar­diz­ing ev­ery­thing the team did to be such a re­spected name and I guest this was what drove the pow­ers-that-be to call for an early poll to ar­rest the rot.

I still feel Bantu play­ers could have done much bet­ter on the pitch than end­ing a dis­tant sev­enth on

the 14-team premier league table, which means they would not be able to de­fend their Top4 ti­tle, which was their only suc­cess story of the sea­son.

again, this was a sea­son I ex­pected the best of hlom­pho kalake af­ter the mid­fielder showed so much ma­tu­rity the pre­vi­ous term. But like the rest of his team­mates, kalake lacked the mo­ti­va­tion to per­form to the best of his abil­ity.

It did not make sense that Litšepe Marabe scored a whop­ping 23 goals dur­ing the 2014/15 sea­son but man­aged only six in the just ended cam­paign.

hope­fully next sea­son will be bet­ter for these play­ers for the sake of Le­sotho foot­ball in gen­eral and their fans in par­tic­u­lar.

I have al­ways be­lieved play­ers can only per­form when they have of­fi­cials who know ex­actly what is needed to run a foot­ball team.

So like I said, I hope the elec­tions will bring the much-needed sta­bil­ity to help a Matšo Mate­bele be a force they were just two sea­sons ago when they won their first ever league ti­tle to end an ag­o­niz­ing 87-year drought.

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