Frustrating opener for Bantu

Frustrating opener for Bantu

MASERU – Defending Econet Premier League champions Bantu endured a frustrating start to their title defence last Saturday thanks to a 1-1 draw with Sefotha-fotha and head coach James Madidilane is bemoaning the chances ‘A Matšo Matebele’ missed. Madidilane said Bantu should have won the game but paid for their wastefulness in front of goals.

The South African mentor, however, insisted he is moving on from the draw and focusing on an even bigger test against fierce rivals Lioli on Sunday at Setsoto Stadium.
Madidilane said he is aware of the difficult challenge that lies ahead of him and his charges.
He called Lioli a wounded lion after they were humbled 2-1 at home by Kick4Life last Saturday in their first game of the season.

Both Bantu and Lioli are already playing catch-up to Matlama who beat Linare 4-0 on the opening weekend.
“In the game of football there are three results: a win, lose or draw; it was really unfortunate that we played a draw with a small team but if we used the chances that we created in the second half maybe we would be talking something else,” Madidilane said.

“In the first half (Sefotha-fotha) were dominating the game and they could have scored more than one goal,” he added.
“We could have done better and we know where we made mistakes so we have to rectify whatever happened in that game in the next matches that we are going to play.
We made a lot of mistakes as a team, our players lacked composure when it came to finishing and I just feel others did not have luck on the day but maybe on another day chances that we create will work for us.

We also have to give credit to Sefotha-fotha as a small team because they had a great game-plan that worked for them, they managed to get a draw with the defending champions,” the Bantu coach said. Madidilane insisted he will not change his game-plan for Sunday’s game against Lioli despite the magnitude of the game.
He said Bantu will have to bury all the chances they create and avoid making the same mistakes they made against Sefotha-fotha and risk being punished.
“We approach every game the same way,” Madidilane said.

“The magnitude of the next game is high as it is a big game in Lesotho football, but our plans are not going to change that much because the system and the way we play has never changed and another advantage is that we are going to play in the (Setsoto) stadium which allows us to play our type of football.
So not much will change, we just have to make sure that we do not concede and also convert the chances that we create,” he said
Bantu will be without two players against Lioli with Tumelo Maine out with an injury while Lehlohonolo Motšoane has been granted leave after the death of his father.

Nkheli Liphoto

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