Swallows boss says will avoid drop

Swallows boss says will avoid drop

MASERU-Swallows head coach Nthako Nalana is confident his charges will avoid relegation from the Econet Premier League.
The former Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) coach took over as Swallows’ boss at the beginning of the month with the daunting task of saving the Mazenod side’s floundering season.

Swallows, who are 13th in the 14-team Econet premiership, are stuck in the drop zone and last Saturday suffered a crushing 6-0 beating at the hands of Lioli.
The embarrassing annihilation was the latest in a series of setbacks for ‘Maswai-swai’ who are winless in their last four games, a run in which they have conceded 12 goals and scored just once.

Swallows – who were promoted at the start of the season – have 10 points from their 16 matches and although they are level on points with Majantja who occupy the coveted safety of 12th place, ‘Maswai-swai’ have played two more games than the Mohale’s Hoek side.

Swallows’ struggles have resultantly pegged them as many peoples’ favourites to go straight back down to the A-Division but Nalana insists his charges will survive.
Speaking to thepost yesterday, he urged his side to dig deep to get results.
Nalana said he is banking on the relegation six-pointers still to come against the sides around them such as Majantja and Galaxy.
“We are confident that we will survive relegation,” he said.
“We still have to play with the teams we are fighting relegation against, so we are going to work hard to beat them and (if we) have those six points we will probably go ahead of them.”
In order to have any chance of flying away from danger Swallows have to figure a way to start scoring goals. No team has a lower goals output than Swallows’ 0.56 goals per game.
They also have to overcome a difficult run of games.

After facing Lioli last weekend, champions Bantu are next in line on Sunday.
Nalana, however, contended Swallows were only let down by mistakes against Lioli and are working on minimising errors ahead of the showdown with Bantu.
“My players are motivated, it is just that we beat Lioli when we played them in the first round (of the season in December) so it was difficult this time around because they were motivated to beat us. We also received a red card (in the game) and lost the game from there,” Nalana said.

He added: “Our biggest challenge is we lost our regular players who went to other teams and I have only been with the team for three weeks.”
“We have a challenge of a team that came from the A-Division with the same players we are using now. We need experience so that we mix the players and stabilise the team.”

Swallows have drafted in one player to help the cause signing Salebone Salebone from Likhopo.
Nalana believes the January window arrival will boost his side.
“We have a shortage of players and (Salebone) provides an option to for us for different games,” he said.

Nkheli Liphoto

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