Sundawana to add Spanish flair

Sundawana to add Spanish flair

Maseru – Vodacom Premier League outfit Sundawana say money is not an issue with the club set to appoint Spain’s Antonio Gonzalez Flores as coach.
The Spaniard is expected to arrive in the country today and will become the only European coach in Lesotho’s elite league.

Asked how much Flores would cost the club, Sundawana’s acting communications and marketing manager, Lekena Mohale, said it did not matter to owner Thato “Sandawana” Nkone.
Instead, Mohale said the Butha-Buthe club wanted to raise the bar in the Vodacom Premier League by hiring an overseas coach.
Mohale said Nkone wants to elevate the level of local football and added that all details have been agreed with Flores.

“(On Thursday) at 8am we will be at the airport (OR Tambo International in South Africa) to welcome the coach,” he said. “We have finalised and agreed everything with regards to salaries and everything else; that is why he is coming.”

“My boss (Thato Nkone) loves football and wants to change the level of football in the country,” Mohale said.
“He wants to see his team improving and reaching a high level in terms of football in the country. We hope (Flores) can help us, not that there are no local coaches that can coach the club, but we believe he can take the club further.”

Sundawana have been under the tutelage of Lehlohonolo “Freeze” Ntene since October.  With the arrival of Flores, Ntene will shift to the role of assistant coach.
Flores’ only previous experience in African football is in Uganda where he took charge of Ugandan Premier League side Azam ahead of the 2015/16 season.
However, the Spaniard only last seven games before returning home.

Nevertheless, Mohale said it would not be difficult for the Spanish tactician to adapt to his players or Lesotho football because he will be working hand-in-hand with Ntene.
Flores will take charge of Sundawana next week meaning his first game on the bench will come against Likhopo next Sunday.

The Spaniard becomes the third coach to assume the reins at ‘Tse Bo Yellow’ this season after Ntene and Sidwell Mothea, who was shown the door just seven games into the 2016/17 campaign.
Sundawana, who finished fourth in a fairy-tale 2015/16 season, sit in eighth position in the Vodacom Premier League this term with 22 points from 16 games.
On Sunday they host Linare at the Maputsoe DiFA Stadium looking to bolster their bid for a top eight place.

However, ‘Tse Bo Yellow’ still have an outside chance of repeating last season’s fourth place finish and the club’s board moved to make a change they hope will provide the team a boost for the final months of the campaign.

Sundawana have lost just once their last nine league games and are six points behind fourth-placed Lesotho Correctional Service.
The Butha-Buthe outfit hope Flores can help establish them amongst Lesotho’s big boys.

Luciah Phahla

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