Alarm bell rings for Majantja

Alarm bell rings for Majantja

MASERU – At this time last year Majantja were the talk of the town.
Fresh from promotion, the Mohale’s Hoek side were enjoying their first run in the Econet Premier League since 2012 and immediately took the league by storm with an eye-catching brand of football.

In the end, and even with a late dip, Majantja finished the 2017/18 season in a creditable eighth place and, thanks to that success, will be in the pot for the Lesotho National Insurance Group (LNIG) Top 8 draw when it is made later this season.
That is where the happy story ends, however. This season has started dreadfully for Majantja who hired little known South African coach Ramoshoeu Kabelo Malapane in August to take charge of the 2018/19 campaign.

The 29-year-old has struggled and his players have not adapted to his tactics. Majantja are without a win, a goal or a point after the first three games and are rooted to the bottom of the Econet Premier League table.

Even more worrying is the fact that all three of their losses have been marred by poor performances.
Sunday was the lowest point so far as Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) thumped the struggling Mohale’s Hoek side 3-0 at the LCS Ground with Majantja’s players looking as though they would rather be elsewhere.

While Likhopo and Galaxy are also without a point this season, at least they have each scored a goal and have positives to glean from their opening games.
In Mohale’s Hoek, on the other hand, there is already talk of unrest within the Majantja camp.
Perhaps that shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Even last season Majantja were troubled by off-field issues involving the management of the club and early in last year’s campaign players abandoned training due to unpaid salaries.
The team’s performance on the field suffered and after a bright start things got edgy as Majantja only managed to win three of their final 12 games.
To their credit and despite the sudden death of coach, Motlatsi Shale, last December, the players still fought hard to not only preserve their Premier League status, but qualify for the LNIG Top 8.
However, by the look and sound of things, players have had enough now.

In an interview with thepost on Tuesday, Majantja’s spokesperson Tšepang Makakule admitted the team’s performances this season have been affected by off-field issues involving the club’s management.

In a remarkable admission, Makakule added the players are unhappy and that the team’s fortunes “may not change until the players are satisfied.”
He refused to go into details as to what the issues are but those close to the situation say players are once again unhappy with the payment of their salaries.
“The players are not happy with the way the management of the club has been running things, of course,” Makakule said.

“When the players come to the club there are contracts, terms and conditions to be met and the players are not happy.”
At the time of the interview, Makakule said management would meet with players individually and try to convince them to “continue working hard and that management would find solutions to their problems.”

“I cannot be specific with what is going on but we are going to meet with the players individually and talk to them, I am sure we will resolve the problems,” he said.
It is not going to be easy for Majantja to turn things around, however.

Today they face title-chasing Lioli at the Mohale’s Hoek DiFA Ground. The last time the sides met in February ‘Tse Nala’ ran out 1-0 winners and Lioli face Majantja on the back of back-to-back wins.
Makakule was not interested in elaborating what the club would do if they fail to convince players their issues will be resolved.
But, regardless how the situation pans out, Majantja are already in a difficult position and their upcoming fixtures are not kind to them either.
After today’s game against Lioli, Majantja face Linare on Sunday with in-form Liphakoe and Matlama to come after that.

Majantja’s next five fixtures:

04/10 Majantja vs. Lioli (Home)

07/10 Linare vs. Majantja (Away)

20/10 Majantja vs. Liphakoe (Home)

03/11 Majantja vs. Matlama (Home)

11/11 Likhopo vs. Majantja (Away)

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