Bantu sets mandate to win league

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MASERU – Bantu’s mandate for the coming season is clear – to win the Vodacom Premier League title.
The ambitious target was set at the club’s Annual General Meeting on Sunday.
The Mafeteng side who are trophy-less in 16 years finished third on the Vodacom Premier League log last season and a championship win next May would be A Matšo Matebele’s first in the club’s history.
Speaking to the Lesotho Times on Monday, Bantu’s communications and marketing manager, Molefi “Livo” Lengosane, said the mission was possible.
“We held an AGM (on Sunday) and the Bantu supporters have given the club the mandate of winning the league in the coming season,” Lengosane said.
“The executive has accepted the mandate. It is possible, things will happen (here at Bantu).”
Lengosane said Bantu just needed to add more quality players to the squad which came within a whisker of winning the league last season.
“We need to add more quality players in addition to the players that we have already. If we continue to work the way we are then we will achieve (that goal),” Lengosane said.
However, he denied that Matlama starlet Litšepe Marabe would be one of the players joining Bantu.
Marabe’s future has become the subject of increasing speculation over the past month and Bantu are reported to be seeking his services.
“No, not to my knowledge,” Lengosane said.
Bantu have enjoyed a notable rise back to the top of Lesotho football since 2009 after a four-year hiatus. They finished sixth in their returning season and third last term.
Meanwhile, four A Matšo Matebele’s players – Tlali Mali, Tefo Maipato, Mosiuoa Boseka and Likano Teele – have been called up to the national squad.
“We are proud, they worked hard last season,” Lengosane said.
Last week Bantu became the first local team to be given a license by the Lesotho Football Association after meeting all the registration requirements.
Bantu were given the licence after Lefa was satisfied with the team’s application for the club license, legal and club ownership, personnel and administration as well as infrastructure.
The team have acquired office space at Patsa Centre in Mafeteng, a fenced ground and have also hired a general manager, Thabiso Mahanela.
Mahanela started his new job on July 1 and is on a one-year contract.
Lengosane said Bantu were going to open a branch in Qacha’s Nek, which will be their seventh.
The club’s funeral scheme with Metropolitan was now underway, he added.

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