Linare: The fall of a gi­ant

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

ONE of the coun­try’s big­gest and old­est clubs Linare have been go­ing through a rough pe­riod for sev­eral years and at some point the team nar­rowly avoided rel­e­ga­tion from the premier league.

This is not good for a club with such a rich his­tory as far as the beau­ti­ful game is con­cerned in the Moun­tain King­dom.

And this sea­son, things ap­pear to have gone from bad to worse as the Hlotse side’s strug­gle for re­sults has been ex­ac­er­bated by off the field ad­min­is­tra­tion prob­lems.

Firstly, it was the res­ig­na­tion of coach Mot­latsi Shale two weeks ago, then last week play­ers de­cided to boy­cott train­ing, join­ing their coach’s protest against poor ad­min­is­tra­tion at the club.

As if this was not bad enough, the re­sults have not been forth­com­ing on the field of play as Tse Tala suf­fered their fourth loss in seven matches go­ing down 1-3 to Kick­4life.

This is dis­turb­ing and if the club does not get back on their feet soon, they will once again be in­volved in the rel­e­ga­tion dog­fight.

I ex­pected the club to be­come sta­ble af­ter elect­ing new man­age­ment in 2015, but noth­ing has changed re­sult­ing in the ex­o­dus of some of the big name play­ers.

First it was Mabuti Pot­loane who was so in­flu­en­tial when the club nearly ended their long drought for a ma­jor tro­phy dur­ing the 2013/14 sea­son. Linare were in the race for the league ti­tle as well as the LNIG Top 8. They lost the fi­nal to Li­oli while Bantu end- ed up win­ning the league tro­phy.

For his ex­ploits that sea­son, Pot­loane was re­warded with the Player of the Sea­son award as he was un­stop­pable and led by ex­am­ple for Tse Tala.

How­ever, Linare’s lack of am­bi­tion which was seen through the fail­ure to im­prove the squad with top play­ers re­sulted in Pot­loane quit­ting his home team for Mat­lama in search of tro­phies.

He was fol­lowed by a host of se­niors such as Kopano Mo­taung, Dyke Tšiu and Moorosi Tšiu who had also played an im­por­tant role in that sea­son.

This is an in­di­ca­tion that those that in charge of the team sim­ply lack am­bi­tion. That is why the club can no longer re­tain or at­tract top play­ers.

Another wor­ry­ing thing is that Linare is no longer pro­duc­ing ex­cep­tional tal­ents like it used to with the likes of Em­manuel ‘Gar­rin­cha’ Phamotse, Thulo ‘Magic Touch’ Le­boela and more re­cently Pot­loane who all came through the ranks at the club.

This is the one area where man­age­ment needs to put more ef­fort into to en­able the club to com­pete with other big guns.

The sooner man­age­ment sorts out off the field is­sues; the bet­ter it will be for the sta­bil­ity of the club.

Like I have stated be­fore, for a team that has been around for more than 80 years, it is re­ally em­bar­rass­ing that Linare last won the league ti­tle in 1980.

Mot­latsi SHALE in­structs Linare play­ers in this file pic.

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