Linare on a comeback mission
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.