Bantu 3 wins away from title

Bantu 3 wins away from title

MASERU – Bantu need only three more wins to seal the Econet Premier League title.
On Sunday, ‘A Matšo Matebele’ opened a 16-point lead ahead of Matlama at the top of the league and it is now only a matter of when and not if Bantu will claim the 2019/20 championship crown.

Bantu forged the virtually unassailable lead with an impressive 1-0 victory over Lifofane in Butha-Buthe.
It was only the second time the high-flying new boys had lost at home this season.
Bantu’s win over Lifofane coupled with Matlama’s wasteful 1-1 draw with Lijabatho last Saturday means the Mafeteng side need nine points from their remaining eight games to win the title.

Bantu have 50 points in the bag and still have 24 more still up for grabs.
Matlama have 34 points and cannot reach more than 58 points even if they win all their remaining games.
It has been a glorious league campaign for Bantu who have made a seamless transition from James Madidilane – the man who led Bantu to league titles in 2017 and 2018 – to his former assistant Bob Mafoso who took charge last August.

‘A Matšo Matebele’ are unbeaten all season and the only times they have dropped points has been in a pair of 1-1 draws with Matlama.
The talk of the town now is if Bantu can go the entire campaign unbeaten.
Mafoso has repeatedly downplayed the possibility of his team going invincible this season saying they are taking it game by game.
However, that has not stopped Bantu supporters from talking and making predictions about their club’s season.
This week thepost went out and asked Bantu fans for thoughts on their team’s season and, of course, the burning question: can Bantu go unbeaten this season?
The answers were mixed but here are some we picked.

Limakatso Notši
Having supported the club all her life, Notši has witnessed the good and bad, and the successes and failures of the club. She said she has no doubt Bantu will go unbeaten this season.
“The players are playing well; I don’t see which teams in the remaining games will stand in front of us. We drew with Matlama and we should have won those games. I was a bit scared when Madidilane resigned and I have to say I am surprised how good Bob has done this season,” Notsi said.
“A lot of players have been good but Litšepe Marabe has been great, and he is scoring goals. Another player that has really impressed me is Tšoanelo Koetle given he is also new to the team. Tsietsi Khooa at the back has also been great,” she said.

Letsoha Khetsi
Khetsi said he was never in doubt Mafoso would be successful in Mafeteng given he had worked with Madidilane before and knew the team very well.
Khetsi said he believes the team can go the whole season unbeaten but he is not so sure how the technical team will approach the remaining games after Bantu have been confirmed as champions which should come within the next few weeks.

“I believed we would do well when we appointed Bob looking at the players that Madidilane left and, of course, the players Bob added as well,” Khetsi said.
“There were a lot of names that were linked with replacing Madidilane (as Bantu coach), but for some of us who can communicate with the management we never hid who we thought would be prefect for the job and that was Bob,” he added.
“It is a possibility,” Khetsi said when asked if Bantu can finish the league season undefeated.
“I believe we can but remember we are left with eight games and we only need three wins to officially win the league. What is going to happen after that? The players have this thing of taking their foot off the pedal, (and) go easy because they have won the league,” he added.

“I also think the remaining games the technical team is going to rest players with next season in mind because it is going to be tough, we will be competing in the Champions League. I believe the fringe players can perform because they have a point to prove and they haven’t played a lot. Look at that team, you can coach it and win games as well, and the remaining games are very winnable but I played football and I know players tend to relax sometimes, you can’t trust them to focus,” he said.

Nkayane Ramokoatsi Ramokoatsi said she believes the game against Lifofane was the only difficult test left for Bantu and she is relieved her side they won the match. Lifofane had only lost once all season in Butha-Buthe. “For me, I was not worried about Bob (being Bantu coach), he was here with Madidilane before; even when he left for Kick4Life we were losing some games and we were talking that maybe we miss him, it was obvious he was adding something to the team and look at him now, he is unbeaten in the league,” she said. Ramokoatsi said Bantu are determined to become the first Lesotho club to finish a league season undefeated.
“We want to make history,” she said.

“We are thinking about it and I think we are not going to lose a game now. I was scared about Lifofane but we passed that test, we drew with Matlama and in both games they needed penalties (to score). You can watch the second game (against Matlama) again, we should have won but our (second) goal was unlawfully ruled out for offside. It wasn’t offside, we should have beaten them.”

Tlalane Phahla

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