‘We were rusty’

‘We were rusty’

MASERU – Bantu coach James Madidilane bemoaned a lack of match practice after his side dropped two valuable points in a 0-0 draw with Sefotha-fotha on Sunday.

Because of the frustrating draw at the Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) Ground, the Econet Premier League leaders failed to open a seven-point gap ahead of second-placed Lioli.

Instead, Bantu lead ‘Tse Nala’ by five points and have played a game more than their title rivals who were not in action last weekend but will be at home against Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) on Sunday.

It is a less comfortable position than Bantu found themselves in last week and Madidilane said his team did not play enough friendly matches during the month-long midway break causing rustiness against Sefotha-fotha.

Normally a potent side – Bantu have scored a league leading 23 goals – the leaders produced an underwhelming first half performance against Sefotha-fotha and failed to trouble the new boys’ defence.

Their sluggish start cost them because although ‘A Matšo Matebele’ returned rejuvenated in the second period, they couldn’t do enough to claim the precious three points.

“We were a bit rusty in the first half and I think from our side what we lacked was match practice,” Madidilane said on Tuesday.
“We didn’t have friendly matches so I think our performance has to do a lot with (a lack of) match practice and not necessarily the (mid-season) break itself because we knew about the break.”

“I wish we had played more friendly matches because you know other teams were active,” he added. “Teams that were free were playing (friendly games) and all the teams that we are going to play early now (in the second round), like Liphakoe, were playing.”

The goalless draw against Sefotha-fotha was only the third time Bantu have failed to score all season but Madidilane said it is important not to overreact as the champions prepare to face southern foes Liphakoe on Saturday.

Nkheli Liphoto

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