Kick4Life backs Mafoso

Kick4Life backs Mafoso

MASERU – Kick4Life director of football Chris Bullock has backed under fire coach Bob Mafoso.
The Old Europa side are on a three-match losing streak in the Econet Premier League and are just two points above the relegation zone.
On Saturday, Kick4Life face league leaders Matlama and a loss could see them fall into the drop zone for the first time since the team’s promotion in 2014.

Nonetheless, speaking on Monday, Bullock insisted Kick4Life are not panicking over their start to this season.
“It’s a difficult start but we have been through patches before when we lost games in a row,” he said.

“I think it’s better to have these bad starts early on in the season so that we can address it. It is not something we are particularly worried about at the moment; we know it’s a long-term project with a new coach – a very good young coach – with good young players.”
One issue Kick4Life have struggled with is scoring goals and they haven’t found the net since a 2-1 win over Lioli in September.

In August, Kick4Life lost last season’s top scorer Nkoto Masoabi when he joined Real Kings in South Africa’s National First Division after the end of his contract.
The year before, Thabiso Brown – a scorer of 17 goals in the 2016/17 season –departed for Bolivia.

The goals-drain has hampered Kick4Life and Bullock said because Masoabi left for free, the club was unable to bring in its preferred transfer targets to replace the Lesotho international.
“We tried everything we could to bring in a goal-scorer this season,” Bullock said.

“We always knew replacing Masoabi was going to be difficult because of his contract situation and losing him without receiving a transfer fee restricted what we could do.”
“There is one player from LCS we wanted to bring in but we could not afford the transfer fee for him. It was difficult to bring in someone who could just replace Masoabi. We brought in one player that looked quite good during the preseason on the very last day of the transfer window but he hasn’t really hit the ground running for us which is also disappointing.”
Bullock admitted Kick4Life might have to enter the transfer market in January to solve their scoring woes.

“We have had discussions about where we can look in January but it’s difficult with limited financial resources to find a goal-scorer that can replace Masoabi,” he said.
Whether Kick4Life succeed in the transfer market or not, Bullock threw his weight behind Mafoso who took over in June and has a two-year contract.
“We talk everyday with Bob, he knows there is no pressure from us,” Bullock said.

“I know coaches are always put under pressure when things aren’t going well (and) it’s natural for them to maybe feel under pressure but Bob knows what he has from us is time.”
“We brought him in here because he fits the long-term project that we have. To now turn around after certain games and say ‘now you are under pressure’ is not fair.”

Luciah Phahla

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