Sky Battalion tackle challenges

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Moorosi Tsiane

SKY Battalion coach Pule Khojane is optimistic that the international break will give his club more time to regroup and address the challenges that have seen them lose all their matches this season.

The National University of Lesotho (NUL) side anchors the 14-team Econet Premier League table after a dismal eight match losing streak.

NUL purchased the Sky Battalion franchise at the start of this season after Rovers (the NUL team) got relegated to the A division at the end of last season.

Khojane recently told the Sunday Express that the international break will give him and his charges enough time to find answers to their challenges.

“We have become so accustomed to losing even in matches that we are supposed to win.

“My players have taken too much strain and this break could not have come at a better time. We need to use it wisely and help them to recover from the losses,” Khojane said.

Khojane said the team lacked adequate training equipment and they had raised the matter with management.

The problem resulted in the players boycotting training a fortnight ago ahead of the match with Lioli. They even threatened not to show up for that tie but a last minute change of heart could not prevent them from losing 1-3.

“We scored first against Lioli but you could see that my players didn’t even believe that they had scored and we lost concentration and ended up conceding three goals.

“We are having problems and one can’t just turn a blind eye because they are affecting our performances. At some point the players boycotted training after management failed to meet their requirements but I had to talk them into playing while I try to get the equipment we need.

“We have two teams (Sky Battalion and Rovers) meaning we have 40 players who train together so we don’t have enough equipment. Imagine how one prepares a team with only three balls while players don’t have playing boots.

 

He said he would also seek the services of a psychologist from NUL to help the team.

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