Mojakhomo dreams big

Mojakhomo dreams big

…….Kick4Life boss says he has fashioned club in his own image…….

MASERU-Kick4Life coach Katiso Mojakhomo says the Old Europa side is starting to mirror how he wants them to perform, including their behaviour on and off the field.
Mojakhomo was appointed as Kick4Life coach at the beginning of the season after Bob Mafoso’s abrupt departure to Bantu and he did not have the benefit of a preseason with his players.
Instead, the former Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) mentor took over a team that had already been prepared by Mafoso before he left for Mafeteng.

Mojakhomo opened up to thepost on Tuesday about the challenges he has faced this season.
He said it has been difficult to get the players to move from a certain style of play to his.
Mojakhomo said Mafoso had his way of playing and had trained the players to fit that model and when he came in with his own ideas the players found it difficult to adjust to the changes.
The adjusting translated to hiccups on the field.

Kick4Life lay 10th in the Econet Premier League with 13 points from nine games.
They have managed just three wins from 10 games this term which is a far cry from last season’s fifth-place finish.

Kick4Life’s last five games:
19/10/19 Kick4Life 0-1 LCS
27/10/19 Lijabatho 1-2 Kick4Life
02/11/19 Kick4Life 0-0 Lifofane
01/12/19 Sefotha-fotha 1-0 Kick4Life
18/12/19 Matlama 1-1 Kick4Life

Mojakhomo, however, believes the tide is turning.
“It is challenging when you find a team already prepared for the season, but as someone who is not new in football, when you arrive with no time, you first assess to see where they are, then you start to change bit by bit until now to a point where I can say I am positive that we are together now,” Mojakhomo said.
“I believe when the second round starts we will find the consistency,” he added.

“Now you can tell how we play and that is where we will find consistency. Even the starting team is now finding consistency. Before then I was chopping and changing trying to find the right combinations.”

What has changed the most at Kick4Life are the training methods.
Mojakhomo said the players are now put to the test with high intensity training because the way they train has to be reflected on the pitch on game-day.
Kick4Life play quick football with high intensity when they attack and defend.

Mojakhomo said the team has to fight for the ball as soon as they lose it and his strikers are required to defend when the team doesn’t have the ball.
This new physical approach has contributed to the team’s inconsistent results and a rise in muscle injuries suffered by the players which, in turn, forced Mojakhomo to chop and change his team frequently.

Mojakhomo said his first four months at Kick4Life has had two sides.
He said things have been good off the field because he feels the players now have an understanding of what he wants. A known disciplinarian, Mojakhomo also praised his team’s discipline, on and off the field.

On the field it has been a different story and Mojakhomo admitted Kick4Life have struggled to find consistency.
“We are not a consistent team; we cannot win three matches in a row,” he said.
“We win this one, draw the other and lose the next one. The main reason is they were already used to playing a certain way which is different to mine, and when you come in you don’t want to start from the beginning, you change gradually. Results-wise we are not there yet but we are progressing,” he continued.
Mojakhomo said although Kick4Life are ninth on the log, it is too early to write them off for a top four place. The Old Europa side are only five points behind fourth-placed Linare and they have two games in hand.

“I want us to be in the top four,” Mojakhomo asserted.
“I want us to dominate the national team selections; the top four isn’t far away from us. We are behind in terms of games played and one win puts us into the top four. What is important is for us to stay focused and get three points,” he explained.

Of course, Mojakhomo is no stranger to navigating choppy waters in the top-flight having won league titles in 2007 and 2008 with LCS.
He said the second round of the season will be important for Kick4Life and he believes their hard-work in training will begin to bear fruit.
It starts with a game against high-flying league leaders Bantu on Sunday in a catch-up game at the LCS ground.

Mojakhomo said his players need no motivation for this game. He said the fact Bantu are yet to lose a game is motivation on its own as Kick4Life are aiming to become the first team to inflict defeat on ‘A Matšo Matebele’.

“When you play a team like this all you do as the coach is to get your tactics right,” Mojakhomo said.
“The players will get up for it; all we have to is stick to our philosophy and use our strengths. The players are motivated already. We have nothing to lose; we are not the ones under pressure here.”

Tlalane Phahla

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