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Tata remains in charge

Teboho Molapo


 MASERU — Vodacom Premier League champions Matlama have confirmed Ntebele Taole will remain in charge of the team for next season.

The 57-year-old gaffer’s future with Tse Putsoa was cast in doubt after Matlama public relations officer Lesolle Phalatsi insinuated the club would shake up its technical department.

Taole’s tactics were also increasingly questioned as the Glamour Boys struggled to wrap up the tournament.

Matlama failed to win any of their last four league games and only clinched the title after their nearest rivals, Lioli, faltered.

However, Taole’s job is safe.

Speaking to the Sunday Express this week, Phalatsi said Taole, affectionately known as Tata, would be in full control of the first team which began training last Monday.

“Technically he will be the head of Matlama,” Phalatsi said.

He said the new additions to the technical team he spoke about in May would not take over Taole’s job but would take charge of Matlama’s development programmes.

“They will be looking at our development, our Under-10, Under-15 and Under-20 teams,” Phalatsi said.

“Tata is the head coach of Matlama Football Club.”

Meanwhile, Phalatsi said Matlama would hold fundraising events including a club awards night at the end of the month to raise money to renovate the side’s home ground, Pitso Ground.

“We are organising fundraising events that will start after the World Cup,” he said.

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