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Bantu panic


  • Club to hold early management committee elections after disappointing season
  • Former league champions to appoint three vice-presidents and release ‘several’ players in offseason

Moorosi Tsiane

Bantu have pressed the panic button and called for early management committee elections because of the team’s poor performance in the just-ended season.

The poll is set for 12 June at Mafeteng Golden Hotel and comes one year ahead of schedule.

Bantu won the Vodacom Premier League title in 2013/14 but finished seventh in the just-ended season. Despite winning the Top4 tournament or 2015 Independence Cup, the team’s fans and management believe the season was not a success for a club of Bantu’s caliber.

According to club president, John Leuta, there is need to restructure the club to avoid the same disappointment next season.

“We had one of those disappointing seasons and we are not proud of it at all as management. But we learnt a thing or two in all this and what we have to do now is reflect and see how we get out of this,” Leuta said.

“We were initially supposed to be going for our management committee elections in 2017 but we have moved them to 12 June this year”.

Leuta, who is also Premier League chairman, said Bantu’s restructuring would, among other wholesale changes, see the club having three vice-presidents. The club currently has one vice-president but Leuta says this is about to change.

“It also came to our attention that running this team requires many helping hands and sometimes the president can’t manage on his own. That’s why we decided to have three vice-presidents who will be in charge of finance, sales and marketing; administration; and technical issues.

“There are going to be many new faces in this club, from management, the coaching department to players. We are trying to use a corporate model in the club’s administrative structure and see if we won’t get the results we need,” he said.

“We have hit the ceiling because our plan was a short-term one all those seasons we were winning trophies. But we have to prepare for the future properly which is why we have moved the elections to this year.

“Again, the club has had too many problems, which I cannot disclose to the media because we have to discuss them at our annual general meeting first.”

The A Matšo Matebele boss also hinted at the massive changes in the playing staff.

“I can’t really say for now which players will be leaving and staying because we want to give our technical team enough time to assess them before making a decision on the squad we will have next season,” said Leuta.


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