Swallows coach quits

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MASERU — Swallows coach Teele Ntsonyana has left the Mazenod side.

The former Likuena international was absent during Maswai-swai’s 2-0 defeat to LCS last Saturday.

Speaking to the Lesotho Times yesterday, the former Likuena striker revealed he had parted ways with the Mazenod side.

“I am no longer coaching Swallows. I have written a letter to the management,” Ntsonyana said.

Ntsonyana, who took charge of Swallows in January, added that a meeting was due to take place last night.

“There were problems. One of them was a severe lack of discipline and commitment from players.

“I was there (at training) and there were no players. When you are helping you take your time to plan. You plan fitness tests, drills, tactics and after all that planning there are no players… and then you lose the next game,” Ntsonyana said. “Sometimes there would be six (players at training) or even less.”

Swallows were relegated from the Vodacom Premier League on Saturday, with three games to spare after their 14th loss of the season, a 2-0 reverse against LCS.

“I was told that it (ill-discipline) is a trend that has been getting worse year-in, year out. It’s not good at all, in football you can’t do that,” Ntsonyana said.

“There are factions in the team and they are destroying it (the club). We need to restructure the team. When you talk about Swallows you are talking about a big name,” he added.

Swallows president Mabote Masienyane said he wasn’t aware of Ntsonyana’s decision to leave the club.

“It hasn’t been confirmed, but it is something that is there. We haven’t met to speak about it,” Masienyane told the Lesotho Times.

“I took it as rumours. (On Saturday against LCS) I got to the field and the team had been taken by the person who was assisting him (Ntsonyana). We have to meet as management first,” he said.

Swallows face Lerotholi at the Central Prison where they will already be without key defender Thabo Khoboli after his dismissal against LCS.

Now Maswai-swai will be out on the look-out for a new coach too.

Ntsonyana starred for Swallows, South Africa’s Wits University and Likuena in his career before returning to coach his hometown team in January.

In his second match in charge Swallows defeated Lioli 1-0 but has since then struggled to pick up form resulting in their relegation on Saturday.

Swallows, second from bottom in the league with a measly 13 points, have only won two games all season.

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