Madidilane going nowhere, says Bantu

Madidilane going nowhere, says Bantu

MAFETENG -Bantu’s top brass insists head coach James Madidilane will not leave the Mafeteng giants to take over as Lesotho coach.
Speculation has been rife that Madidilane will be prised away from ‘A Matšo Matebele’ by the national team after he was chosen by the Lesotho Football Association (LEFA) to assist Likuena coach, Moses Maliehe, at this year’s COSAFA Cup.
Initially, it was believed Madidilane would only work with Likuena for their CAF 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier against South Africa in July and August but he was named as a second assistant coach for the COSAFA Cup as well.
Likuena begin their COSAFA campaign on Saturday with a quarterfinal clash against Uganda at the Princess Magogo Stadium in Durban, South Africa.
Madidilane’s call to the national set-up has sparked speculation he could succeed Maliehe as Likuena coach.
Maliehe came under fire for Lesotho’s failure in March to qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and LEFA has yet to announce what the future is for Likuena boss.
Despite Madidilane reportedly being one of the favourites inside LEFA to lead Likuena next, Bantu president John Leuta hinted Madidilane is going nowhere and will still be the club’s coach next season.

His words were echoed by ‘A Matšo Matebele’ spokesman Bokang Phasumane.
“Let me clarify this, the agreement is that our coach and the goalkeeper coach will join the national team to help with coaching as they are preparing themselves for their international games,” Phasumane said.
Madidilane’s contract with Bantu was due to end next month but Phasumane said he has a contract in place although he declined to specify the length of the contract.
Madidilane has been joined in the Likuena coaching brains trust by Bantu goalkeeper coach Postnet Omony.
“(Madidilane) is our coach and has a running contract with the club. He will be here next season,” Phasumane said.
“We were told which games specifically (Madidilane and Omony) will be helping the national team.”
Madidilane has rejuvenated Bantu since he arrived at the club in July 2016 and has become a cult figure in Mafeteng.
In his first season Bantu captured the league title before they went one better last season by winning the Econet Premier League and Independence Cup double for the first time in the club’s history.

The former Bloemfontein Celtic and South Africa defender also made more history by guiding Bantu to a CAF Champions League victory over Botswana champions Township Rollers last October to become the first local team since Lesotho Defence Force in 2002 to advance past the first stage of the continental competition.
He has a sterling record with Bantu having won 54 and lost just six of his 76 matches in charge of the Mafeteng giants in the league.
This past season marked the first time Bantu failed to win the league during Madidilane’s reign as they were beaten to the finish line by Matlama.
Bantu president John Leuta urged his technical team to work hard to bring the trophy back to Mafeteng next season.
He warned Bantu’s Econet Premier League rivals that ‘A Matšo Matebele’ will return doubly prepared to reclaim the title.
“We congratulate all the teams that beat us but Bantu doesn’t forget,” Leuta said.
“Take care of our cup. We are resting and we will start again in August.


Tlalane Phahl

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