Motang Pleased With Lesotho Workout


Township Rollers head coach Thabo Motang has expressed delight at how his side benefited from their weekend sourjoun to Lesotho.

Speaking to on Tuesday, Motang said the two weekend games played against Lesotho Premier League opponents at the Setsoto Stadium in Maseru, the 3-1 victory over Lioli and the goalless draw with hosts Bantu were beneficial to his pre-season plans.

“Fistly, we have some younger players in camp who managed to get their first exposure of playing against top division sides outside Botswana,” Motang said. “Second, we were able to gauge our readiness for the season.”

Motang was pleased with how his side executed their game plan against Lioli in what was a crisp, dominant display by the Blues.

“I was particularly impressed that the boys stuck to their play, remained composed even after conceding first. Our overall shape was good and we created numerous chances,” he said.

Against Bantu, recent CAF Champions League participants, Rollers found themselves struggling in a high intensity contest.

“I think Bantu watched our first game against Lioli, studied our approach and planned for us,” Motang observed. “But I am happy the team managed to contain them to get the draw and even created some chances. But this game exposed some things we need to improve on. For example, Bantu pressed us from the first minute and we seemed to lose shape; we need to work on staying calm even when under pressure. At least this happened in pre-season and we can still work on this and other aspects of our game.”

Thus far in pre-season Rollers have scored 26 times, conceding once in winning the closed door matches against Notwane (7-0 and 4-0); the victories over Peace Makers (4-0) and Super Stars United (3-0) in the open Selibe Phikwe Tournament; followed by the 5-0 triumph against Mochudi Centre Chiefs at the Royal Aria then the 3-1 and 0-0 Lesotho results.

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