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Makhetha welcomes league break

Moorosi Tsiane

SWALLOWS coach Motebang Makhetha says his will use the long league break to ensure that the team improves its performances when the league resumes.

The team is currently domiciled at the bottom of the league and Makhetha says they will use to the break to motivate the squad to move to a safer position on the log table.

The Mazenod outfit went into the two weeks FIFA break sitting bottom of the 14-team league table with four points after losing six, winning one and drawing one.

Makhetha attributed the poor results to lack of preparation time during the off-season.

“I arrived at the club late and we had little time to prepare, so we were forced to do some of the preparations when the season had already started,” Makhetha said.

“This is why we have recorded poor results. We also have a few experienced players in the team. This was evident in some of the matches that we lost. It was clear that inexperience cost us.

“However, we welcome this break. It will give us enough time to work with the team.”

He also lamented that the poor run of results has negatively affected his young squad.

“If the results are not coming, obviously it will affect the players. However, as the coach I will do my best to help the players. It is supposed to be a collective responsibility, the management must play its part while the players must also work hard.

“Football has evolved from just being on the field of play; it now involves a lot of factors and everyone involved must play their part.

“In all the matches that we have played, there are some positives that we have noted and we are working on those going forward. Hopefully, when the league resumes, we will be a much better team.”

Makhetha also lamented that his side’s lack of finances was a limiting factor on some of the initiatives. He said this has also been worsened by the fact that they no longer have access to gate takings after league sponsors Econet introduced a new ticketing system.

“We are really struggling because up to today (Friday), we still haven’t received any money from gate takings due to this new ticketing system. This implies that there are lot of things that we cannot do because we have no access to the funds unlike the bigger teams that are financially stable,” Makhetha said.


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