Bantu appoint Mafoso head coach

Bantu appoint Mafoso head coach

MASERU – Bob Mafoso has dumped Kick4Life to take over as Bantu coach.
Mafoso replaces James Madidilane who resigned two weeks ago to take up a coaching role in South Africa’s First Division.
Mafoso quit as Kick4Life coach on Sunday and was confirmed as the new Bantu boss on Tuesday on a three-year deal.

‘A Matšo Matebele’ spokesperson Bokang Phasumane said the contract will be renewed beyond the three years if Mafoso does well.
On Tuesday, Mafoso watched a Bantu training session at Setsoto Stadium with the side’s assistant coach Teboho Tšiu.
He is not a stranger to Bantu having worked as Madidilane’s assistant during Bantu’s title-winning campaigns in 2016/17 and 2017/18.

Mafoso is also not a stranger to being the lead man at a top-flight club.
Last season, he led Kick4Life to fifth place in the Econet Premier League in his lone campaign in charge at the Old Europa club.
He also worked wonders with Likila United whom he guided to an improbable sixth-place finish in the 2014/15 league season in what was the side’s debut premiership campaign.

Mafoso then moved to Likila’s Butha-Buthe neighbours Sundawana and masterminded a fourth place berth for ‘Tse Bo Yellow’ in the 2015/16 premiership season, which remains one the league’s most impressive feats of the past decade, before joining Bantu in 2016 to work with Madidilane.
Phasumane said Bantu expect Mafoso to take them forward, instil good behaviour and help the club return to the CAF Champions League.
He said the new coach already knows the club and its culture which is an added bonus.

“Mafoso is not new to our club, that is why we decided to appoint him,” Phasumane told thepost yesterday.
“He already knows exactly how to run the club. All we want from him is to help develop the team and not forgetting that the league is our main target, too. We want him to take us to international games and cups,” he added.
“We want him to instil good behaviour in our club and we want him to raise the team’s performance. He knows our culture already. We signed him for three years but he said he will extend if everything goes well in that three years period.”

In his only season with Kick4Life, Mafoso expertly nurtured a young side to punch above its weight.
He now takes up his biggest role as a coach in charge of a star-studded Bantu squad and expectations will be high after the Mafeteng giants failed to win a trophy last season for the first time since 2014.

Nkheli Liphoto

 

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