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. . . as team sails without coach

Pascalinah Kabi

MASERU — Defending Vodacom Premier League champions Matlama might play without a coach for the rest of the season after Motlalepula ‘Maradona’ Majoro jumped ship last month.

Tse Putsoa are currently lying sixth on the log with five games remaining before the end of the season.

Matlama have already played their last three matches without a coach, winning two matches against Mabeoane and Linare and losing the other to Maduma FC.

However, Matlama public relations officer Lesolle Phalatsi told the Sunday Express on Friday that they were thinking of asking some of the country’s veteran coaches to come and help.

“There is something that we are thinking of doing before the end of the season,” he said.

“We have already started identifying veteran coaches, what is left is choosing an option.”

According to reports from the team, captain Sello Seholoholo, vice-captain Nkau Lerotholi, goalkeeper Shokhoe Matsoai and player Lehlohonolo Mokhele have been steering the ship since Majoro resigned.

Goalkeeper Matsoai told the Sunday Express on Thursday that the team was so far coping without a coach.

“The four of us, Sello, Nkau,  Mokhele and I have taken over as caretakers to ensure that we stay focused until the end of the season,” he said.

“We’ve not heard a word from the executive committee concerning the appointment of a new coach but I think that is a good sign because we want to deal and solve our problems on our own before bringing in a new person (coach).”

Team insiders also say it seems Matlama’s executive committee is not intending to look for Majoro’s replacement any time soon.

If these reports are anything to go by, Tse Putsoa might have to play all their remaining five premier league matches without a head coach.

Matsoai said there are few things they needed to sort out as players before the arrival of a new mentor.

“Our main focus now is to deal with the players’ mentality to accept whatever is happening and not to let the team’s politics disturb us by sticking to what we know best.

“What we know best is playing football and make sure that Matlama is not relegated and that we at least qualify for the Top Four,” he said.

The goalkeeper said they were trying hard to address the issue of indiscipline amongst the team’s players.

“We are trying to solve our own indiscipline problems as players because coaches might be leaving the team because of indiscipline among some of the players.”

Matsoai added:  “We want the new person (coach) to find us well disciplined as players and a team and ready to play good football next season.”

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