Madidilane worried about Fothoane’s temper
BANTU coach James Madidilane has admitted that his attacking midfielder Lehlohonolo Fothoane’s temper is a cause for concern.
McCarthy, as the former under-20 midfielder is popularly known, was watching his side from the stands last weekend against Matlama after he was red carded in the match against Galaxy a fortnight ago.
This was not the first time Fothoane was sidelined this season as he has previously been suspended by the Premier League Management Committee (PLMC) for his unsporting behavior in their 2-1 loss to Lioli in the final of the Independence Top4, last October.
The Lesotho international was involved in a post-match scuffle with Lioli striker Swirtbirth Kum where he was seen running towards the Tse Nala striker who was lying on the ground and deliberately stamped on him and caused a fracas between the players of both teams.
Although Fothoane escaped the red card because the incident happened after the final whistle, the PLMC was left with other option but to act and suspended him for two matches.
He returned on the 3rd of February when his team was held to a goalless draw by his former club, Swallows at Setsoto Stadium. He also played when his team thrashed Likhopo by 7-0 but did not finish the match.
Madidilane said the player has been affected by his dip in form and has become temperamental.
“He has been struggling with form recently and that has caused him to become impatient and temperamental thereby attracting unnecessary bookings,” Madidilane said.
“But we have been supportive to him and we are trying to help him work on his temper. He needs to understand that in football players are not always at the top of their game.”
Madidilane also noted that after the loss of his father last September, Fothoane may still be affecting the player psychologically.
“It might be the case that his father’s death is also affecting him, because responsibilities have piled up on him yet he is still young, so it is a challenging time for him.
“He now easily gets agitated by small things which never really bothered him before so it shows that his problems are mental.”
The former Swallows attacker joined Swallows at the beginning of the 2017/18 season and went on to be one of the important members of the Madidilane side that defended their league title last season.
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