Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Letlapeng coach remains upbeat over survival chances

While the race for the 2014/15 beMOBILE Premier League title is intensifying with 10 games to go, those at the bottom are also pondering their future. After being promoted to the elite league at the beginning of the season, Ramotswa-based rookies Letlapeng have found the going tough. This can be confirmed by the fact that in seven months, Letlapeng has been instructed by five coaches who have all failed to turn around the fortunes of the ailing team.

As the race draws to a close, Letlapeng are flirting with relegation lying at the bottom of the log with nine points from 20 matches. At the beginning of season, Letlapeng chairman Sydney Magagane declared that his troops were ready to make an impression in their battle against the big guns. Having watched his side fail to live to the expectations of their fans thus far, the boss is singing a different tune. “It has been a difficult campaign for us but I’ve not lost hope. The next three games will be critical for us though we’ll be facing Gunners, Chiefs, and Rollers. If we lose two of them, it’s going to be difficult for us to survive. We’re also pinning our hopes on the outcome of our appeal against Gaborone United where they used a defaulter (goalkeeper Tumisang Selolwane),” said Magagane.

Even when the odds are stuck against his side, Letlapeng boss said that they are not going to give up. He pointed out that they have lined-up a number of things which would serve as a motivation for his players. “I’m not going to divulge our plans but I’ve no doubt that it’s going to bear fruits. I was quite impressed with our performance when we drew against Police XI on Sunday. That is the kind of performance which we can build on in our efforts to survive. I’ve no doubt that in football anything is possible in this game,” Magagane added.

The newly-appointed Letlapeng coach Blessing Moyo admits that it is going to need a miracle to get out of their situation but he is hopeful. Moyo sat for the first time on the Letlapeng bench in their match against Police XI. “I was happy with the effort my players put in. We’re going to build on that performance and we’ve received a lot of positive feedback from the football community. They believe that it was one of the best performances from the team this season,” said Moyo. The Zimbabwean-born tactician said that they are going to need the help from the man above in order to survive. “We’re going to take one game at a time and see what happens. We’re not going put ourselves under any kind of pressure. I want my players to have freedom to express themselves,” he said.

On Wednesday night, Letlapeng have a tricky date with neighbours Extension Gunners at Lobatse Sports Stadium before taking on league chasers Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Township Rollers. On paper, the rookies stand no chance in the upcoming three matches but Moyo remains confident that they can pull out one or two surprises. “These matches are a motivation to my players. As a coach it is easy to prepare the players against big guns. So we’re going to deal with each situation as it comes,” he said.

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