MASERU — Premier league giants, Bantu, hope to give Lehlohonolo Seema a happy send-off when they take on Linare in a premier league tie at Setsoto Stadium this afternoon.
Seema is due to take up his new post as chief scout at South Africa’s premier league giants Bloemfontein Celtics after a short coaching spell at Mafeteng club Bantu. Bantu public relations officer, Bokang Phasumane, told the Sunday Express on Friday that they want to win the match for their legendary former player who is leaving their team for greener pastures with the Free State side.
“He has served this team very well both as a player and in the coaching department and we have to win this afternoon’s match convincingly for him,” Phasumane said.
“Linare are never an easy team to beat, but we have prepared so well and hope to get the three points this afternoon.” The Mafeteng side went to the Christmas break on the back of a four-match unbeaten streak since winning the Independence Trophy in October and Phusamane told this paper that they want to continue where they left off. “The race for the championship at the top of the table is very competitive and there is no room for mistakes as we want to win our first league title,” said Phasumane. The premier league big spenders said they are happy with their squad and will not be signing new players in the January transfer window.
Linare playmaker, Pali Tšalong, said his team is fully aware that Bantu are the team to beat this season. “We are very motivated to play them so early in the year and surely a win over them will go a long way in turning things around for us,” Tsalong said.“We started the campaign very well, but lost the momentum along the way and we have to get things back on track.
The midfielder who joined Linare from Matlama in the off-season said he is confident the Hlotse-based team will keep the pace with the teams vying for the league title. “We cannot throw in the towel now, the marathon still have a long way to go and all we have to do is win matches,” said Tšalong.
Elsewhere, Lioli host Mpharane Celtic in Teyateyaneng. Tse Nala remain at the top of the league table and hope to stretch their lead to the second round games of the 2012/13 season.
Coach, Lehlohonolo Thotanyana, told this paper that his team have looked sharp since coming back from the Christmas break. “If the high spirit in our camp is anything to go by, then I think we will walk away as victors in the match against Mpharane,” he said. Tse Nala first choice goalkeeper, Mohau Kuenane, is back in contention for a place in the starting line-up after a long injury lay off.
Young goal minder, Liteboho Mokhehle, has done well in the absence of Kuenane and would hope to retain his position in the starting team.