Bantu Football Club are hoping to complete the 2013/14 season unbeaten as the Mafeteng-based outfit bask in the glory of winning the Premier League title with three games to spare.
Thursday’s 2-1 win against Linare at LCS Ground secured Bantu their first Premier League title, and the team remains unbeaten in 23 matches, following 16 wins and seven draws.
A Matšo Matebele, as Bantu are affectionately known, today host Likhopo at Ha-Ratjomose Ground, and club spokesperson Bokang Phasumane has declared the team’s ambition of ending the season without losing any match.
“We know there is still some work to be done before the season comes to a close, but we are determined to win the league in style and set the record of being the first team to take the title without losing a single match,” Phasumane on Friday said in an interview.
A Matšo Matebele, who have collected an unassailable 55 points, would play Qoaling Highlanders and Joy after this afternoon’s tie against Likhopo.
Bantu would have to wait until the end of the season to be handed the Premier League trophy, but Phasumane told the Sunday Express the team should begin preparations for the 2015 African Champions League tournament “now”, as the aim is to at least reach the lucrative group-stage of the showpiece.
“Our technical director, Lehlohonolo Seema, has worked hard with our coaching team to prepare this team. We played a lot of friendly matches with Bloemfontein Celtics where he is the assistant coach, which we believe played a pivotal role in our success this season,” Phasumane said.
“We are planning to play as many friendly matches as possible against teams from outside the country as part of our preparations for the Champions League.
We would want to, at least, reach the group stage of the tournament, hence the need to play the friendly matches.”
On his part, Likhopo interim coach, Tšeliso Mofolo, said the match against Bantu is a “must-win” for his charges as they fight to end the season among the top 4 teams on the log.
Likhopo, with 39 points, are currently fourth on the 14-team Premier League table behind Bantu, Lioli, and Linare who have 55, 48, and 45 points respectively, and also remain with three league matches.
“We need to win this match against Bantu as we are aiming for a Top 4 finish; it is going to be do-or-die for us because we need to secure the Top 4 finish we are gunning for, ” Mofolo said.
Mofolo further said pride would also be at stake “because we would want to be the team that stops Bantu from making history by ending the league campaign unbeaten.”
Mofolo also said the recent addition of former national team coach, Motheo Mohapi, to the team’s technical department, had boosted the players’ confidence.
“The players appeared as if they had lost confidence when the second round of the season started early this year, but the arrival of Motheo Mohapi has boosted morale in our camp.”
In other Premier League matches scheduled for today, army-side LDF host Joy at Ha- Ratjomose Ground at 1pm, with the Bantu/Likhopo clash following soon after at the same venue.
Police outfit LMPS lock horns with Mphatlalatsane at PTC Ground; Matlama entertain Melele at LCS Ground; Nyenye Rovers play Mpharane Celtics at St Monica’s; Lioli host Qoaling Highlanders, and LCS clash with Linare at LCS Ground, in today’s other Premier League matches.