MASERU — Premier league new boys Bantu have vowed to win this year’s Vodacom Soccer Spectacular ahead of the knock-out competition’s quarter finals in two weeks time.
Bantu believes it does not require a team to stay in the premier league for years to win the mini-tournament.
Bantu faces Vodacom Soccer Spectacular defending champions Lesotho Correctional Services (LCS) in the first encounter.
The Vodacom Soccer Spectacular is now in its second season.
Bantu executive committee member Refiloe Matsóara said his team is certain that it will win this year’s edition.
“The other seven teams must expect a strong competition just like they are currently experiencing in the premier league,” Matsóara.
“These teams must take into consideration the current trend in the premier league and see that Bantu means business,” he said.
Bantu have played five games, with two victories and draws and a loss.
“It does not need a team to spend in the premier league for it to win this tournament,” he said.
Matsóara said that the new signing of former Lioli midfielder Moses Ramafole and striker Paballo Mpakanyane was part of building a competitive team.
“We’ve strengthened our team by signing new players and a coach,” he said.
He said that they have also prepared their players’ minds and told them the importance of winning the first game in the competition.
“We’ve also taught our players that it is very important to win the first match in any knock-out competition,” he said.
LCS is however not going to wait and watch when Bantu try their best to win this game.
They insist that their first three points in the competition will come from Bantu.
“Even when they are at their best, they know they always give us three points,” LCS coach Katiso Mojakhomo said.
Mojakhomo said that it is not Bantu’s first time to swear that they will win a game against LCS.
“It’s not their first time to say that. We are not frightened by their warnings or empty talk,” he said.
Mojakhomo claimed that Bantu have never defeated them in any match in the past.
“According to history, Bantu has never defeated us,” he said.
“With this record, we are certain that we are going to win this game.”
Meanwhile, Lesotho Football Association have postponed the start of the Vodacom Soccer Spectacular.
The M1-million showpiece was scheduled to kick off next weekend but the first leg games will now be played a week later on October 31 and November 1.
All four quarter-final first leg ties will be played at Butha-Buthe’s Likileng Pitso Ground.
On October 31 Matlama will face first division side Qalo in the day’s first game before Bantu play defending champions LCS.
The next day LDF will play Manamela before Likhopo and Lioli battle it out in the day’s second clash.
The postponement of the games is to accommodate Likuena players who are on national duty at the Cosafa Castle Challenge in Zimbabwe.
The second legs of the tournament will be played on the weekend of November 21 at LCS’s Central Prisons ground.