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Bantu announce major shake-up

Pascalinah Kabi MASERU — Bantu Football Club on Wednesday announced a major shake-up of their technical team in a move the club says is meant to deliver their first premier league title. Caswell Moru, who was the club’s second assistant coach, has now been promoted to head coach.

He replaces Mosito Matela who is now the team’s first assistant coach. Former Likuena skipper, Lehlohonolo Seema, has also joined the technical team as second assistant coach. Veteran coach, Ndebele Taole, retained his position as technical advisor. The Mafeteng-based outfit has also acquired Matlama’s duo of Dlomo Monaphathi and Thapelo Mokhehle.

“We have reinforced our team with top players like Dlomo to ensure that we end our league title drought,” Khabisi Moloantoa, Bantu’s general manager, told the Sunday Express yesterday.

He said they have been struggling in front of goal but that is something that will change come Saturday.

“For the past few seasons we failed to win the league title because we could not score more goals but with the services of these top players, we are sure to make that history and add the league title to our shelves,” he said. Lesotho Correctional Service winger, Sobuza Chabalala, has also joined the team together with Rethabile Rabele from Semonkong-based team Mahlaseli.

Selupe Mofero from Rovers, Majantja duo of Jeremane Lelia and Mangana Maoela together with ex-Flamingo Santos player Litšepe Marabe have also joined the club in a bid to secure that elusive league title. “We know that acquiring the services of star players does not automatically make us winners of the premier league but we are promising our supporters their first league title this season,” Moloantoa said.

He said they are going to work towards winning the league by ensuring that coaches use the right combinations all the time. “This time things are going to be different. Our technical team is filled with coaches that all have Caf licensing certificates,” Moloantoa said.

“Hence we are saying these coaches, together with the technical advisor, must all work harder to use players in a more effective way so that we can win more games,” he said.

He said coaches are also faced with a huge task to ensure that players work as a unit throughout the season.

“Our main objective this season is to win the league and definitely start collecting more silverware,” he said. The premier league begins next Saturday with Bantu taking on Nyenye Rovers in the first match. Matela said he had no qualms with the club’s decision to demote him.

“I am happy with the decision because I have been given another opportunity to be among the team’s technical department,” Matela said.

He said he does not hold any grudge now that his former assistant has been appointed his senior.

“Just being included in the team’s technical department is a sign that they still have trust in me and coaching is coaching as long as there is a healthy working relationship amongst coaches,” he said.

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