Majantja boss rues break

Majantja boss rues break

Maseru – Majantja coach Motlatsi Shale is lamenting the timing of this week’s international break. The recess comes with the Mohale’s Hoek side enjoying life thanks to a dream start in the Econet Premier League. The premiership new boys are fourth on the log with eight points from four games. They have won two games, drawn twice and are yet to lose.

Majantja also boast one of the league’s stingiest defences having only conceded one goal and just before the international break they gave the strongest indication they will not be pushovers this season by frustrating giants Lioli to a goalless draw.  With the team looking to build on that momentum, Shale said the on-going two-week break has come at the wrong time because Majantja want to use their current form to collect as many points as possible in the first round.

“The break brings challenges, it breaks the momentum we had especially when it comes to things that we were already doing well. It will not be easy to start again,” he said. As is always the case with newly-promoted teams, Majantja were tipped to struggle this season and Shale — who took charge in October — admitted it is not easy for promoted teams to do well from the start of the season.

He said the side’s technical team will now have to work on ensuring the players remain motivated for Majantja’s next game, an away tie against Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) next Sunday. “The break doesn’t help correct mistakes because it is games that help you see where you are not doing well and how to fix it,” Shale said. “If you are not playing (games), how will you be able to do that? Of course, we are playing friendly matches with nearby teams to keep fit but it is not the same,” he added.

“Now we will have to work on the psychological part of it; make sure the players go back to the game in the same frame of mind and then things will fall back in place.” Shale, who led Bantu to the league title in 2014, also emphasised the importance of starting strong and collecting points as early as possible because it allows “room to breathe in the second half”.

“That’s the nice thing about starting well and collecting points in the first round because the second round is tough,” Shale said.
“The second round is very difficult so by the time it gets tough we would have collected points and by then our players would have also gained experience in the league.”

Majantja’s results this season:
Majantja 1-0 Linare (1-0)
Sky Battalion 0-1 Majantja (0-1)
Majantja 1-1 Likhopo (1-1)
Lioli 0-0 Majantja (0-0)

Majantja next three games:
Majantja vs. Sefotha-fotha
LMPS vs. Majantja
Majantja vs. Sundawana

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