Majantja court Shale
VODACOM Premier League returnees Majantja are in talks to secure the signature of Bantu’s 2013/2014 championship-winning coach, Motlatsi Shale ahead for the 2017/18 season.
The Mohale’s Hoek outfit won promotion after being crowned last season’s A Division South Stream champions.
They were relegated from premier league at the end of the 2009/10 season.
Shale, who coached Linare after leaving Bantu, was recently seen at Majantja’s training sessions along with former Kaizer Chiefs striker, Lekoane Lekoane.
Lekoane is the club’s technical director.
Majantja technical president Phomolo Mantutle confirmed they were in talks with Shale.
“We have to find a new mentor because last season’s coach Retšelisitsoe Matsepe doesn’t have the documents to coach in the premier league so Shale is among the coaches we have been talking to,” Mantutle said.
“The new coach will be assisted by Matsepe and Lekoane who is the technical director.”
Mantutle said apart from the fact that Matsepe did not have the required B Licence, it was necessary to boost their technical team to ensure survival in the elite league.
“We learnt our lessons and this time around we are here to stay so we need people of Shale’s calibre.”
For his part, Shale confirmed talking to Majantja but said there was no agreement at the moment.
“We had one meeting and I tabled my demands and Majantja said they will get back to me so I am still waiting for them and I’m at home harvesting in my fields,” Shale said, adding he had only attended their training session as a spectator.
“It’s not that I went to conduct their training session. I found them training when I went for our meeting last Saturday and because I like football I just stood on the terraces and watched like an ordinary person.
“I had a very tough time in football in the past because of poor administration at some clubs so I don’t want to go that route again. So if we can agree on how I want things to be done then I can even start tomorrow.
“Besides Majantja is the team that helped me rise to stardom, so it will be a pleasure to coach them,” Shale added.