Linare on a come­back mis­sion

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

LINARE coach Mot­latsi Shale says the rel­e­ga­tion dog­fight of last sea­son will be a thing of the past in the new league cam­paign which gets un­der­way on 27 Au­gust 2016. Tse Tala will start the 2016/17 Vo­da­com Premier League sea­son with a home fix­ture against Likhopo. Last sea­son, the Hlotse-based out­fit found them­selves in a rel­e­ga­tion dog­fight for the bet­ter part of the cam­paign, and were only deemed safe from the drop two weeks be­fore the fi­nal match. Shale told the Le­sotho Times this week they were in the process of beef­ing up the squad to avoid the pit­falls of last sea­son. “We have iden­ti­fied a group of young­sters dur­ing our tri­als a few weeks ago, and I am hope­ful we will have a strong squad in the new sea­son,” he said. “We will try to have a mix­ture of young and ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers to give bal­ance to the squad.” Shale is among a group of coaches un­der­go­ing the first ever A Level coach­ing course in the coun­try. “I be­lieve we have done well in the pre-sea­son and will con­tinue to work hard to have a com­pet­i­tive side come the start of the new sea­son,” he said.

“We have e ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers like for­mer Likhopo player, Tefo Maipato, train­ing with us, which gives a boost to out young­sters.

“You al­waysalwa need suchuch ex­pe­ri­enced play­er­splay to guide de the young­sters, anda Tefo can be use­ful if we end up sign­ing him, al­though we are yet to hold talks.”

Shale also noted Linare are could fare b bet­ter if they ey re­ceived sup­port­supp from thee cor­po­rate sec­tor.sect

“It is im­por­tantimpo for thee whole Hlotse com­mu­nity to sup­port us, es­pe­cially thehe cor­po­rate se sec­tor throughgh spon­sor­ship,” he said.

Mean­while,Mean­while Bantu com­mu­mu­ni­ca­tions and mar­ket­ing man­ager, Mot­latsi M Mo­fo­keng has dis­missed re­ports they wanted to break the bank by pay­ing­payi M200 000 0 for Mat­lama mid­fiel­d­er­mid­field Jane Thaba-ntšo. ba-ntšo.

The left-foot­edleft-fo winger was Likuena’s best p player at the re­cent re­gional Cosafa tour­na­ment nt in which he scored three­thr goals. Thaba-ntšo aba-ntšo has also been linkedlink to a move e abroad.

“We never wrote to Mat­la­malama bid­ding for Thaba-ntšoThaba-ntš be­cause we e have a very packed mid­field,mid­fie and they will be no place for him in our team,” Mo­fo­ken­go­keng said.

“We are n not happy with th those ru­mours, be­cause the lastl time we com­mu­ni­cated with Mat­lama was when they had an in­ter­est in our mid­field­der, Hlom­pho K Kalake whichh was turned d down.”

Mat­lama mid­fielder Jane Thaba-ntšo.

for­mer Likhopo player Tefo Maipato.

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