Sky Battalion say here to stay

Sky Battalion say here to stay

Luciah Phahla

Maseru – Vodacom Premier League new boys Sky Battalion say they are here to stay.

The newly-promoted club has surprised all and sundry with their start to the season and after six games are mixing it with the league’s big guns.

Sky Battalion are fifth in the premiership with 12 points and an impressive haul of four wins. And, according to Sky Battalion general manager, Samuel Phulane, the club’s place in the top-flight is all but secured despite three quarters of the season still to play.

“Football has its own surprises, that is true, but I can assure you now that we will not be relegated,” Phulane told thepost on Monday.

“Look at teams that are at the bottom, the team that is at the bottom of the log (Butha-Buthe Warriors) has not won a game at all. The second last team only has one point and we have 12 points. It will be difficult for those teams to catch up to us.”

Phulane said the team’s early success is being driven by a fear of returning to the first division.

Sky Battalion gained promotion to the Vodacom premiership last year and Phulane said they are working hard to collect as many points as they can.

Their inspired form has already seen Sky Battalion hand log leaders Kick4Life their only defeat of the campaign, a thrilling 3-2 success two weeks ago.

“One thing I can tell you is that we don’t want to go back to the A-Division,” Phulane insisted.

“We don’t want to go back there and we are working hard to avoid relegation and anything that will happen from here will be a surprise. You know we started our (pre-season) sessions for this season a little bit later than other teams because we were still trying to get players and we struggled to get them.”

Sky Battalion’s early success is part of a fairy-tale period for a club that was campaigning in the fourth tier just five years ago.

The meteoric rise has been bankrolled by owner Hua Gao, a Chinese businessman also known as Messi who has pumped resources into the team.

Phulane said head coach Mothobi Molebatsi has been given a mandate of keeping the club in the Vodacom Premier League.

“Look, I don’t want to put the coach and the players under pressure but his mandate was to keep the club in the premier league by all means, and maybe next season we can look to be in the top eight,” Phulane said.

Sky Battalion will host Lesotho Defence Force this weekend

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