RETIRED former Bantu skipper, Tlali Maile, has warned his former teammates against complacency when they take on Swazi club, Mbabane Swallows, in a CAF Champions League preliminary round first leg match at Setsoto Stadium this afternoon.
The return leg will be played on 21 February at Somhlolo Stadium in Swaziland.
It will be A Matšo Matebele’s second appearance in the champions league following their debut in 2015 which ended in a narrow 0-1 aggregate loss to Gabonese club, AS Mangasport.
In a recent interview with the Sunday Express, Maile, said Bantu must not repeat the same mistake of underrating their opponents.
“Three years ago we lost to a side we could have beat had it not been for our complacency which worked against us,” Maile said.
“I hope the survivors of that loss learnt their lesson and they will help the new players to stay focused and stop undermining their opponents.
“Swallows are a good team with a huge support base. I have watched them and believe me, it is not going to be just a walk in the park for our team. It is going to take hard work and dedication. But I know we have a strong squad that can compete so it will come down to whether or not they have prepared well.”
He advised Bantu to go all out in attack and get as many goals as possible at home as it would not be easy to beat Swallows at their own backyard.
“Bantu is starting at home and they should take full advantage and adopt an offensive approach in order to win at home because it will not be easy in the return leg which will be played in mid-week when most of Bantu’s fans will probably not be in attendance.
“We have a good chance of winning this match if we consider that there is not much difference between our and their league. But we must avoid playing a defensive game at home. I have seen our teams play a defensive game before and unfortunately it has not helped us,” he said.