… but they are more concerned about the league and CAF champions
MASERU – Despite being one of the leading premier league teams in terms of performance and following, Bantu lacked enough figures to make it to the Econet Soccer Spectacular Fundraising Pre-season taking place at Setsoto Stadium this weekend.
The reigning premier soccer league title holders, Bantu which will represent the country at the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions league this season is busy focusing on preparations for the start of the new soccer season.
Bantu was crowned the Econet premier league 2017/18 champions in May this year which enabled the Mafeteng based outfit a ticket to hoist the national flag continentally.
Speaking in an interview, Bantu Vice Chairman Mr. Molefi ‘Livo’ Lengosane said even though the club had its one eye on the CAF Champions, Bantu were now focusing their efforts on getting ready for the 2018/19 season.
He said as part of making sure that the team would be ready when the new soccer season starts, Bantu would play a tournament against Liphakoe on September 1 to be played at the Lesotho Correctional Service grounds.
Livo said while the tournament had long been planned, it had to be moved to a later date to avoid a clash with this weekend Econet Soccer Spectacular Pre-Season One day tournament.
“We had to compromise and move our tournament to a later date as the soccer spectacular is sponsored by the league official sponsors Econet,” he stressed.
He said plans had already been in place after making early pre-season soccer activities, adding that it would be wise for the soccer spectacular organisers to announce as early as now if this pre-season tournament will be an annual event to avoid a clash of interests next season.
Speaking about the CAF Champions league preparations, Livo said they planned to challenge Gauteng and Free state teams in a midweek games to avoid clashes with their domestic leagues.
He said the club’s technical team was busy negotiating with new players they want to sign for the new season as well as those that would be offloaded, but was reluctant to reveal their identities at this stage saying it will be pre-mature.
It will be the second time in a row Bantu play in the CAF Champions league after they were bundled out of the tournament by eSwatini’s Mbabane Swallows on goal difference last term.