NEWLY appointed Kick4Life coach, Bob Mafoso, has welcomed his new challenge at the country’s fastest growing club in the country.
Mafoso was initially appointed as the assistant to Leslie Notši last month. He was however, forced to take up the head coach post after Notši was named the Lesotho Football Association (LeFA) technical director early this month.
The former Bantu assistant coach told the Sunday Express recently that while it will be a challenge for him to steer the ship, he was ready to compete with the big boys.
“Of course, this opportunity came quite early because I was only anticipating to be an assistant coach so now I will have to shoulder all the responsibilities,” Mafoso said.
“However, I think I am ready for it. I have always been ready and that is one of the reasons for which I accepted Kick4Life offer.
“Things happened too fast but there is still time to at least prepare the team as the season has not started so I am accepting this challenge with both hands,” said Mafoso.
He said he was confident that he would not struggle in his top post at the club as he has experience as an assistant coach. He said the only difference between the assistant coach and the head coach was mainly the titles.
“I think being a head or an assistant coach is and same thing. The difference is the titles only because technically, a head coach and his assistant perform the same duties. The only difference comes when one has to attend to the non-technical stuff so I do not think I will struggle at all,” he said.
Kick4Life opened their pre-season on 9 July 2018 and Mafoso said they are hoping to make a few additions before the season starts. The club has already signed Tšeliso Botsane from Sefotha-fotha and Paballo Mafereka from the now defunct Sandawana.
“We opened on Monday and I have assessed the team. We have already identified players whom we want to sign and so far, we have signed two and are still on the market for three more.
He said they have a good squad that can compete with any team in the country but most importantly they need to boost their striking force.
“Nkoto Masoabi who scored 16 goals for the team last season is linked with South African Premier League side, Black Leopards, so we need to find his replacement. Of course, we have signed Botsane but he is still young so we do not want to put him under pressure so that he grows.
“There is also Tšiu Moorosi but he did not play much last season,” Mafoso said.
The former Rovers midfielder said he would not put himself under pressure with high targets this season but said he would strive to ensure that the team does not regress by the end of the 2018/19 season.
“This is one of the fastest growing teams in the league and I know a lot will be expected of me. This is especially because of the two successful seasons that I had at Bantu but it is also important to note that these are two different sides which are ran differently.
“I do not want to put myself and the players under any unnecessary pressure but the target is to ensure that we at least maintain the team’s sixth position on the log by the end of the new season,” Mafoso said.