Leuta heaps praise on Bantu coaches

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

BANTU boss John Leuta has show­ered praises on the club’s tech­ni­cal team for A Matšo Mate­bele’s as­cend to the sum­mit of the Vo­da­com Pre­mier League (VPL) at the end of the first round of the sea­son.

The Mafeteng-based side could only af­ford sev­enth place in the pre­vi­ous sea­son af­ter a dis­as­trous cam­paign which saw the club part­ing ways with a num­ber of high pro­file coaches such as Mot­latsi Shale, Katiso Mo­jakhomo, Caswell Moru and Mos­ito Matela.

In re­sponse to the abysmal cam­paign, Bantu held snap polls to elect new lead­er­ship which then ap­pointed for­mer South African in­ter­na­tional, James Ma­didi­lani, as head coach as­sisted by Bob Mafoso, who led San­dawana to a third place fin­ish in the league last sea­son.

Five months later, A Matšo Mate­bele find them­selves atop the VPL stand­ings hav­ing played a game less than bit­ter ri­vals Li­oli and third-placed Kick­4life who had been the pace­set­ters for the ma­jor­ity of the first round.

In an in­ter­view with the Le­sotho Times this week, Leuta had noth­ing but praise for the two coaches for help­ing re­store the club to ti­tle con­tenders af­ter a sea­son to for­get.

“What I can say is so far so good. Ev­ery­thing is go­ing ac­cord­ing to the ex­pec­ta­tions of the masses who fol­low this team,” he said.

“It’s all thanks to our tech­ni­cal team who seem to have got it right as far as grind­ing re­sults is con­cerned.”

Leuta who is also Pre­mier League Man­age­ment Com­mit­ment chair­man, said Ma­didi­lani and Mafoso’s man­date was to get the team back to be­ing in con­tention for the league ti­tle.

“The man­date for our coaches was to get the team back in con­tention for the league ti­tle and to be among the top three teams by the end of the first round,” he said.

“We look solid on and off the field of play and the coaches de­serve all the credit for the change of for­tunes.”

The Bantu boss, how­ever, stressed they would not rest on their lau­rels ahead of the sec­ond round. He said the tech­ni­cal team were still at work chart­ing a strat­egy for the sec­ond round cam­paign.

“They are busy for­mu­lat­ing a plan to make sure we main­tain the stan­dards set in the first round. They have al­ready iden­ti­fied play­ers whom they feel can im­prove the squad for the sec­ond round,” said Leuta, adding they may re­call in-form striker Nzenze Nkulu who has not stopped scor­ing since join­ing Linare on a six-month loan.

Leuta said Nkulu, who leads the goal-scor­ing charts with 11 goals, was among seven Bantu play­ers the tech­ni­cal team was con­sid­er­ing for re­call as they pur­sue a league ti­tle to com­mem­o­rate their 90th an­niver­sary next year.

“We have seven play­ers who have been on loan like Nkulu at Linare and the tech­ni­cal team is fi­nal­is­ing plans to re­in­force the squad ahead of the sec­ond round to boost their chances of win­ning the league ti­tle.”

He also re­vealed that the clubub would to­day launch a 15-min­utete tele­vi­sion pro­gramme on the na-ational broad­caster.

“A deal was signed and sealeded with the Min­istry of Com­mu­nica-ation for the broad­cast­ing of ou­rur own show on Le­sotho tele­vi­sion,”n,” Leuta said.

“Plans for broad­cast­ing the pro-ogramme started off some time agogo when Ntate Se­libe Mo­choboroanene was still the Com­mu­ni­ca­tions,ns, Science and Tech­nol­ogy min­is­terer and con­tin­ued with Ntate Khot­soso Let­satsi and the cur­rent min­is­terer Ntate Se­ri­a­long Qoo.”

He added: “Ul­ti­mately, the pro-ogramme is meant to pro­mote thehe brand of the team, our spon­sors,rs, sup­port­ers and spon­sors. We needed the world to know about us and to mar­ket our play­ers in Le­sotho and abroad.”

Bantu coach James Ma­didi­lani (wear­ing cap) and his as­sis­tant Bob Mafoso dur­ing a tran­ing ses­sion. Bantu boss John Leuta.

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