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MASERU — Hardly a week after capturing the Vodacom Premier League title, Matlama are already talking about “beefing” up their technical team.

The news could be unsettling for head coach Ntebele Taole whose competence was increasingly coming under the spotlight as the season petered out.

Taole’s charges have suffered a nerve-jangling run-in, losing two of their last three matches and failing to score in any of them.

They only staggered over the finishing line after Lioli, the only team that could chase them down and steal the title, faltered.

Matlama spokesman Lesolle Phalatsi said they were planning to take Tse Putsoa to the “next level” by beefing up their technical department.

He said two people were likely to be added to the technical team but laughed off speculation that Taole’s future with the club was in doubt.

“We are going to enter the big phase of our work to improve Matlama and take it to the next level because it is the team of the people,” Phalatsi told the Sunday Express.

“We are going to reinforce our technical committee. There will be five people.

“Their job will be to recruit players, to ensure that we play to our strengths and to oversee training methods.

“We are going to adopt new training methods which will include using gymnasiums.”

Meanwhile, Phalatsi said Matlama were looking at using the newly refurbished Setsoto Stadium if renovations at their Pitso Ground home are not finished by the start of next season.

He said the club was planning to lay new turf and make other improvements at Pitso Ground.

“It is foremost in our plans. We have received a quotation on how much the grass we intend to plant will cost,” Phalatsi said.

“If the ground is not okay we will see where we will host our home matches.

“We have already started pursuing the possibilities of playing at Setsoto if Pitso Ground is not ready by the start of next season.”

The new kings of Lesotho football will however end their eight-month league marathon at their rundown home ground against Joy this afternoon.

“We promise our supporters that we are going to make sure we score a lot of goals so we can end the season on a high,” Phalatsi said.

Matlama had waited for seven years to win their ninth league title which made them Lesotho’s most successful club.


Today’s Vodacom Premier League fixtures

Bantu vs LMPS (Mafeteng), LDF vs LCS (Ratjomose), Majantja vs Nyenye Rovers (Mohale’s Hoek), Likhopo vs Linare (Old Europa), Lioli vs Mphatlalatsane (Hlotse), Botha-Bothe Roses vs Rovers (Butha-Buthe), Matlama vs Joy (Pitso Ground), Lerotholi vs Swallows (Central Prison).

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