Mafoso remains defiant

Mafoso remains defiant

MASERU – When Bob Mafoso joined Kick4Life’s coaching staff in June it was hailed as a potentially pivotal move.
His CV was certainly impressive.
Mafoso produced a miracle during the 2014/15 season when he propelled Sundawana into the league’s top four which immediately made him the country’s hottest coaching prospect.
Mafoso then chose to take his talents to Bantu at the start of the 2016/17 season where he proceeded to help the Mafeteng side win the last two league titles as James Madidilane’s assistant coach.
When Mafoso joined Kick4Life as Leslie Notši’s assistant coach in May it was seen as something of a coup for the club and when he was thrown into the deep end when Notši left to become the Lesotho Football Association’s technical director, it was viewed as another positive step in Kick4Life’s growth.
Things have just not gone according to plan, however.

After beating Lioli 2-1 on the opening day of the season Kick4Life haven’t won a game since. In fact, they haven’t scored a goal at all.
Last Saturday, Kick4Life lost 1-0 to Linare which followed on from a 4-0 mauling at the hands of Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS).
As a result, Kick4Life, who finished fourth in 2017 and sixth last season, find themselves closer to the relegation zone than the top four and pressure is starting to heap on Mafoso – a season that started with Kick4Life seen as an outside contender to challenge at the top is in danger of being dragged into a relegation dogfight.
It is a fact Mafoso is aware of.

“There is a lot of pressure now, I understand,” he said.
“This is what I was expecting; as a coach if you don’t do well there will obviously be pressure. It comes with what is expected (of you).
Kick4Life’s failure to score is probably Mafoso’s biggest headache. Kick4Life have two goals in seven games, none since September.
“If there is one thing we are having problems with it is scoring goals. If you look at our previous games, we managed to create several scoring chances but the ball didn’t go into the net,” Mafoso said.
“Does it mean we have to work more on our finishing? Does it take us out of our programme of how we have been doing things? I think we need to score a goal, just one, and others will come.”
Things don’t get any easier this weekend, however, as Kick4Life face league leaders Matlama who are yet to lose and have only conceded twice this season.
“It will not be easy again, we are playing one of the on-form teams, but I still believe that even against Matlama we just need to score one goal which will open the nets for us and maybe bring us luck,” Mafoso said.
“Did we play badly against Linare? Did we play badly against LCS? I think I need to critically watch those matches again so that I can be able to come up with an objective response,” he added.
“Against Matlama we just need to make sure that we don’t concede. We need to make sure we get one goal and see where it will take us. Things are not very bad, let’s see what happens in the next two games.”

Mafoso said it is important to stay positive and make sure his confidence filters through the squad.
After facing Matlama on Sunday, Kick4Life have a winnable trio of matches against Likhopo, Swallows and Galaxy. It is a run of games that could change their season – if the side’s belief remains intact.

“First of all I think I need to stay strong, the players have to see confidence in me, it has to start there,” Mafoso said.
“If they don’t see the confidence then they will start doubting a lot of things. It will not be easy but we have seasoned campaigners in the team, players that at one point went through patches like this.

“I don’t think this experience will be that new to (the experienced players) but we need to make sure that the youngsters that are just coming in see the positives (and) they need to use the negatives as their learning curves.”
Mafoso said he will draw on past experiences to get Kick4Life out of their rut.

“I don’t think we are that bad but, at the same time, is this the start that I was anticipating? No. But has this ever happened to me? Yes. It happened with Sundawana when we first came into the league and went through bad results.
“But what was positive at the time, which is what I am taking forward today, is there was light at the end of the tunnel. We could always see that we were trying to build and when the results came, we were good,” he said.

A win over high-flying Matlama would be a timely tonic for Mafoso and Kick4Life this time around.
“I still believe in what I am doing, I still believe in the team. I need to motivate the players just to get that one goal,” Mafoso said.
“Any win at this point will boost the morale. We need to prepare to win. If the turnaround is against Matlama it will be far better for us. We will keep on trying.”

Luciah Phahla

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