Leuta heaps praise on Bantu coaches
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.