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Matela welcomes premiership break


Moorosi Tsiane

NEWLY-APPOINTED Matlama coach, Mosito “Careca” Matela, has welcomed the two-week premier league hiatus, saying it will enable him to assess the team following their lacklustre start to the 2017/18 campaign.

Matlama were supposed to face off with Lioli this afternoon, but all premier league matches were cancelled this past week to enable Basotho to vote in yesterday’s local government elections.

The country’s most successful club will also be out of action next weekend since the Independence Top4 finals will be held at Setsoto Stadium.

Matela ditched LMPS, earlier this month, to replace his mentor, Seephephe Matete, who had resigned from Matlama after a poor start to the premier league campaign.

Tse Putsoa has collected five points from a possible 12 this season and are sitting on seventh position in the 14-team Econet Premier League table with two draws, a win and a loss.

Matela told the Sunday Express this past week that he intends to assess his charges through friendly matches during the break.

“This break will give me some time to work on transforming the team in light of its performances,” he said.

“We first need to identify where the problem is, because Matlama didn’t have a good season last year and also didn’t start well.

“It, therefore, means that there are a lot of issues to work on and these two weeks are really not enough. But at least I will get a chance to address some of the problems that caused the poor performance.”

In his first match in charge of Matlama last week, Matela’s charges were held to a goalless draw by Likhopo at Ratjomose Ground.

Matela, who is also a former Matlama midfielder, expressed optimism that the team would bounce back after the poor run of form.

“We have been hard at work training, and so far I am impressed. What I can tell you is that the players have been responding well to my methods,” he said.

“We just need to play a few friendlies during this break and give those who didn’t play a chance to show what they can offer.

“So far, I am satisfied because the players have all showed hunger to fight for this team. We just need to work on their confidence because there is no doubt that it was affected by the poor performances since last season.”

Unity, said Matela, was another key component to the team’s success.

“We have good players, and there is no doubt that we can compete against the league’s best.

“But we also need to foster unity among the players. We started that process in our last match, and as much as we failed to score, at least we created more chances than our opponents.”

Matlama’s next premier league match against LCS, he said, would not be a walk in the park, but a good test of character.

“We will be playing LCS as we return from the break and it is not going to be an easy match at all but it will be a good test of character,” said Matela.

“My players already know that I don’t have definite starters since everyone will have to fight for their positions in the team. That is how I will operate every week going into matches.”




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