Matela aware of big ex­pec­ta­tions at Mat­lama

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

NEWLY-AP­POINTED Mat­lama coach, Mos­ito ‘Careca’ Matela says he is aware that coach­ing the coun­try’s most dec­o­rated club comes with huge ex­pec­ta­tions from the fans, and he had come to help the team to “dis­cover their best form and be­come a force to be reck­oned with again”.

Matela this week ditched LMPS to re­place his men­tor Seep­hephe Matete who re­signed last week af­ter a poor start to the 2017/18 premier league cam­paign.

Matela, a for­mer Mat­lama de­fender, had a fruit­ful maiden sea­son with LMPS, guid­ing them to a top eight fin­ish.

He said it was not easy for any coach to turn down an of­fer from a team like Mat­lama al­though it had come early in his coach­ing ca­reer.

“I want to thank the LMPS man­age­ment for giv­ing me an op­por­tu­nity to lead their team,” Matela said, adding, “It was an hon­our and I will for­ever be grate­ful to them”.

He said it would be a huge chal­lenge to bring back the glory days at Mat­lama be­cause the play­ers were low on con­fi­dence af­ter a poor start to the new cam­paign.

“Coach­ing Mat­lama is a big re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“It is not easy to turn down a big club when they come call­ing al­though I feel it might have hap­pened too soon in my coach- ing ca­reer.

“But they have showed that they be­lieve in my abil­i­ties and I should make the most of the op­por­tu­nity.”

“It is not go­ing to be easy be­cause the team did not start the new sea­son well and that might have af­fected the con­fi­dence of the play­ers.

“The first task is to es­tab­lish the prob­lem and find the so­lu­tion. In foot­ball you learn every day be it as a player or coach.

“So my com­ing here is part of the learn­ing curve.

“It started at Bantu where I worked with a lot of coaches such as Lehlo­honolo Seema, Mot­latsi Shale, Mpitsa Marai and Les­lie Notši, who all con­trib­uted to my growth as a coach.

“I have been the stu­dent of the game and I will con­tinue to learn at Mat­lama.

“I will go to Ntate Matete for ad­vice as he is my men­tor who in­tro­duced me to coach­ing.

“He is the men­tor to all of us the young coaches in this coun­try and knows Mat­lama in an out.

“As much as I come with my own phi­los­o­phy and I am a dif­fer­ent coach to the oth­ers, but at the same time it is im­por­tant to learn from those that you work with.

“Luck­ily, Ntate Mokuena Mo­hale who was the as­sis­tant to Ntate Matete has re­mained and that means I will talk to him about how much they cov­ered in the pre-sea­son,” Matela said.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Lesotho

© PressReader. All rights reserved.