Bantu chase treble

Bantu chase treble

MASERU- With a healthy lead in the Econet Premier League and still in the running for Lesotho National Insurance Group (LNIG) Top 8 honours, Bantu are chasing a treble this season. Thankfully for their Mafeteng faithful, ‘A Matšo Matebele’ are not showing any signs of slowing down.
Winners already of the Independence Cup last October, some had predicted Bantu’s participation in the 2018 CAF Champions League would hamper their progress but that has not been the case.

Despite a heart-breaking away goals loss to Mbabane Swallows in Africa last month, James Madidilane’s side looked as strong as ever in their 2-1 Lesotho National Insurance Group (LNIG) Top 8 quarterfinal first leg win over Sky Battalion two weeks ago.

And with games coming thick and fast for the champions elect, Madidilane says he has found a strategy to help his players avoid fatigue at this critical juncture of the season.

“We are now going to rotate the squad and give everyone a chance to play while others rest,” said Madidilane who added that Bantu will be “doing the squad rotation without killing the core of the team as that will hamper (the side’s) momentum and good run in the league.”
Bantu, with 36 points, lead the Econet Premier League by four points ahead of Matlama and have two games in hand.

It means ‘A Matšo Matebele’ can still afford to drop points and not panic about it.

The same cannot be said about their fellow title hopefuls. To keep up with the Mafeteng giants, Matlama and Lioli cannot afford any more slip-ups.
Madidilane said he is happy with how the squad rotation has gone so far and insisted the goal remains the same – to win all their games.
“Having a comfortable lead (in the league) doesn’t mean anything to us, we are taking it one game at a time, we are focused on the points we don’t have,” Madidilane said.

“We are aware of our lead, we are first on the log but we want to win those points and it is difficult right now because every team that we meet, they play like it is a cup final, hence our preparations for every match have to be on point,” he added.

This Saturday, Madidilane and his charges will host Sky Battalion in the second leg of the LNIG Top 8 in Maputsoe.
They go into game with the advantage of two away goals and Madidilane confirmed that some of his star players will rest as his squad rotation continues.

“This weekend this is what we are going to do, there were some players we rested in the first leg, and again this weekend some will rest and others will come in and we are going to try manage the situation,” he said.  “You know squad rotation should not kill other players.”

Luciah Phahla

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