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We’ll keep going: Lekoane

Moorosi Tsiane

LEKOANE Lekoane, the coach of the relegation threatened Majantja says his side has to stay positive and fight for their survival in the Econet Premier League next season.

The Mohale’s Hoek outfit, which is sitting second from bottom on the 14-team league table, went into yesterday’s encounter with Linare four points away from safety. And now the side has only three matches left to save its elite league status.

Galaxy, which lies third from the bottom, faces a stern test against league pace setters Matlama this afternoon at Maputsoe DIFA Ground.

Majantja has experienced a bad season mostly due to poor administration which saw the seemingly desperate team going for executive committee elections in January. The side has also been chopping and changing coaches this season.

The team also lost some of its players this season among them Kekeletso Tlhaba, Selialia Mohapi and Likomota Setlenela who were core of the team last year.

While more players also threatened to leave due to the team’s failure to pay their allowances ended up staying put.

South African coach Kabelo Malaphane also left the team last December and was replaced by Letsatsi Damane, who also followed suit immediately after the team’s ill-fated participation in the Top8 tournament.

To add on into their woes, Majantja lost their prolific target man Keketso Snyders, who joined Bantu during the January window transfer period.

Majantja went into yesterday’s match following heavy defeats at the hands of both Bantu and Matlama who hammered them 6-1 and 5-0 respectively during the long Easter holidays.

In a recent interview with the Sunday Express, Computer, as the former Kaizer Chiefs striker is popularly known, said he is confident that they will survive the chop. He however, said they just need to ensure that they win all their remaining games starting with the Linare tie.

“I still have hope that we can survive and we just need to keep working hard and also ensure that our players are mentally fit because all the three matches are very important,” Lekoane said.

The former Lesotho international blamed the team’s poor performance on poor management.

“It is sad that now I am the one who is left to fix this mess that was created purposely by people who had their own agendas to misuse the team’s funds. When the season started, we were in a better position with good administration.

“However, this changed when former president Kutloano Sello was forced out and Mpho Ralithube was elected just for a short time. He too resigned just after a short while and now our problems never seem to end.

“Players were not paid, others were shown the door and the worst decision ever was selling our striker to Bantu when we had no backup plan,” Lekoane said.

Lekoane said he is now working with the duo of Ntainyana Marabe and Toka Letsie to ensure that the team doesn’t collapse and get fined by the Premier League Management Committee.

“The three of us are doing everything for this team. I have sourced sponsors for players’ meals and water for matches while we have also tried to manage the gate takings and settle some of the allowances which were behind,” he said.

In their last two matches Majantja will visit LMPS on 11 May before hosting LDF the following weekend.

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