Leuta re­tains Bantu pres­i­dency

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

Busi­ness­man John Leuta was re­elected Bantu pres­i­dent on sun­day and has vowed to lead A Matšo Mate­bele back to its glory days.

A Matšo Mate­bele held ex­ec­u­tive elec­tions one year ahead of sched­ule af­ter a dis­as­trous 2015/16 sea­son in which the team fin­ished 7th on the 14-team ta­ble.

Ac­cord­ing to Leuta, the club faces the dif­fi­cult job of ap­point­ing a coach ca­pa­ble of re­vi­tal­is­ing the team which won its maiden pre­mier league ti­tle in 2013/14.

“We went to the polls on sun­day and the club has shown faith in my abil­ity to con­tinue lead­ing this team,” Leuta said.

“Our com­mit­tee now has three vi­cepres­i­dents when we used to have one and the main pri­or­ity is for us to come with a roadmap that can take this team to new heights.”

Leuta, who is also the pre­mier league boss, said Bantu spent over M1.3 mil­lion last sea­son and need to re­brand in order to at­tract spon­sor­ship.

“run­ning this club is very ex­pen­sive; this is why it is im­por­tant to re­brand our­selves by at­tract­ing the cor­po­rate sec­tor and re­tain­ing those who are al­ready on board,” Leuta said.

“We have to be a brand the spon­sors can be proud to work with and in­vest in it be­cause the team needs big monies to be suc­cess­ful.

“There was a time when we ap­peared to be on the right track and we have to go back to those days again.”

On the team’s new coach, Leuta said the com­mit­tee would have to ap­point the right man for the charge.

“We need to ap­point the right man to lead this team and that has to be as soon as pos­si­ble,” said Leuta.

“it has to be some­body very good at work­ing with young play­ers. We want Bantu to be a team that wins tro­phies ev­ery sea­son like we used to do a few years ago.

“Like i in­di­cated ear­lier on, the tar­get is to have that coach be­fore the team be­gins prepa­ra­tions for the new sea­son on 30 June. We are look­ing even across the bor­der go­ing as far as Zim­babwe for a new coach.”

Bantu’s new ex­ec­u­tive Pres­i­dent- John Leuta; vice-pres­i­dents- Molefi Len­goasana, Jimmy Lenka, Arsema Worku­bile; Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer- Mot­latsi Mo­fo­keng; com­mit­tee mem­bers- Tefo rabolinyane, Tu­misang ra­manyaka, kopano nchephe, Molupe Le­hohla.

Bantu Pres­i­dent John Leuta.

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