Bantu pray for miracle

Bantu pray for miracle

MASERU – Lesotho champions Bantu are back in the country after their trip to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to take on AS Vita Club in the CAF Champions League first round.
Bantu lost the game 4-1 on Sunday in Kinshasa and will need a big performance at home in the return leg this weekend if they are to proceed to the group stages.
Because of the away goal scored in DRC, a 3-0 win at Setsoto Stadium on Sunday would give Bantu the aggregate victory and allow them to make history one more time and qualify for the group stage.

Speaking upon his side’s return, Bantu head coach James Madidilane said his charges played a great game even though they lost by a heavy score.
If Bantu fail to get over AS Vita, they will drop to the CAF Confederations Cup where they will play a knockout game to qualify for the groups. Madidilane said his team panicked a little bit after AS Vita took the lead.

“We had a great game even though we lost with that massive score. The first 20 minutes we contained them very well and then we managed to get chances in that period but we could not score,” Madidilane said yesterday.

“After they scored their first goal we started to panic, we tried to control the game until the second half when we scored a goal; they then scored their fourth goal, we tried to get our second goal but we could not do it.”

Madidilane said Bantu have nothing to lose on Sunday.
“Before being demotivated we have to look at the team that we lost against and if we go to the Confederation Cup it’s alright,” he said.
“To us the game was a learning curve and the experience that we will gain from the games will help us in the league because we were playing (against) a big team.”

Nkheli Liphoto

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