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Shale vows to save Linare


Moorosi Tsiane

Linare coach Motlatsi Shale has vowed to save his team from relegation this season despite its precarious position on the Vodacom Premier League table.

Tse Tala, as Linare are affectionately known, are second from bottom on the 14-team table with 18 points from 21 matches and face equally struggling LMPS at PTC Ground this afternoon in a match both sides would need to win to enhance their chances of remaining in the premiership.

LMPS are 12th on the table while Likila United and Rovers are 11th and 10th respectively and Liphakoe are in position nine.

But according to Shale, Linare would survive the chop come end of the season.

“Things are not really going well for us. A lot is happening in the team, which is why results have not been going our way but I believe in these boys to rescue the situation and make sure the team is not relegated,” Shale said.

Since his appointment as Linare coach at the start of the second round of the season in January this year, Shale is yet to win a match with the Hlotse-based outfit.

Shale, who led Bantu to their first league title in the 2013/14 premier league season, said Linare were in turmoil because of “many unaddressed issues” that are now affecting the players.

“Like I have told you, there are too many issues in the team affecting the players and the biggest problem is they are left unaddressed by the management. This demotivates the players and sometimes, they just boycott training or even matches so there is really nothing I can do under such circumstances.

“There is no pressure for me here because management knows what is happening and they have decided to turn a blind eye to these things that I even warned them about when I first arrived here in January,” he said.

“It is really shocking for a big team like Linare to be in the position they are at the moment. Remember here we are talking about a team that has never been relegated from the premier league.”

The former Likuena striker added an emergency meeting between all Linare stakeholders on Wednesday could have succeeded in motivating the players to fight for the team.

“The positive thing is on Wednesday there was an emergency meeting involving all the team’s stakeholders who all promised to give us the support we need. They also promised to look into the grievances the team has been raising and hopefully, this can be done before Sunday’s match because we are really desperate for that win. If players feel appreciated, I believe then results will follow” said Shale.

“The other good thing is most of our remaining matches are against teams that we are in the same relegation dogfight as us because we will be playing LMPS, Likila and Mphatlalatsane. So it is up to us to beat them if we are to survive.”

Shale, however, said the Linare situation affects him personally.

“What’s more disturbing about the team’s situation is if they are relegated, it is going to tarnish my profile because history will reflect that I was in charge when Linare were relegated from the topflight league for the first time in their history. I don’t want that so we will do whatever it takes to make sure this does not happen.”


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