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Malapane confident of keeping Lifofane in the VPL


Leemisa Thuseho

NEWLY appointed Lifofane head coach, Kabelo Malapane is promising to keep the Butha-Buthe outfit in the Vodacom Premier League (VPL) this season.

Appointed a fortnight ago, Malapane succeeded Ghanaian Michael Armoh, who resigned last month.

The former Majantja coach started off with a draw against Kick4Life at LCS Ground on Thursday.

In 12 league games, Lifofane are yet to win a game drawing five and losing eight.

Malapane’s charges are now second from the bottom, just a point above bottom-placed Sefotha-Fotha.

Malapane this weekend said a draw was not a bad start and he is confident that he can save the team from relegation.

“A draw is a good start for me especially with a team that have lost so many matches,” Malapane said.

“Every point we get is important. I am going to ensure that the team is not relegated. Getting the team relegated will be a disaster for the Butha-Buthe community because it is currently the only team from the area that is in the premier league.”

Although the team started poorly, there is an opportunity to improve the results because the management is supportive, he said.

“Despite the team’s current position in the table, the management is not putting any pressure on me. They are supportive and I think it is just a matter of time. Results will come as long as we keep working hard.

“The only way to start winning is through pushing the players to work hard while motivating them.”

He said he was very happy to be back in Lesotho to continue building his profile.

“I am a young coach and I am still building my profile. I am happy to be back in Lesotho and I have to shine,” Malapane said.

He said he was looking forward to reinforcing his squad once the transfer window opens His second game will be at home against LCS today.

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