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Celtics coach says happy with team’s performance

Pascalinah Kabi

MASERU — Mpharane Celtics coach, Freeze Ntene, says he is happy with his team’s performance in the Vodacom Premier League last season.
The team, which was in its debut season in the top-flight, finished a commendable seventh on the premier league log.
Ntene, said this was a commendable achievement for his players most of whom did not have any premier league experience prior to last season.
“Finishing seventh with 27 points is an achievement given that our players did not have any premier league experience but still managed to perform well,” Ntene said.
He said playing with only two senior players was difficult but through hard work they survived the chop.
At the beginning of the season Celtics had 25 players but 10 of them could not stomach the pressure and left after only four matches.
“The 15 players that stayed behind fought for the team despite the challenges we were facing as underdogs,” Ntene said.
He added that finishing seventh had shown that the team had staying power despite that this was their first taste of premier league action.
Ntene said playing in the elite league had taught them some lessons that they would need to implement before the next season.
“We’ve learnt that for any team to stay and perform well in the premier league it has to blend experience and youth,” he said.
Teams in the premier league also needed to work harder to convert scoring chances into goals.
Ntene said they were looking into buying a couple of experienced players to ensure that they improve their performance next term.
“We must start building a solid team now so that we can at least finish in the top four come end of next season.”

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