Mathetha takes over Swallows as coach

NTHAKO MAJORO

MASERU –Former Likuena goalkeeper, Tšepo Mathetha, assumed the caretaker coaching role at the newly promoted Premier League side, Swallows FC from Tuesday this week. This was after Mathetha, who joined the Mazenod based-side as a goalkeeper coach two months ago, was asked to the take the charge of the club after the former coach, Lebohang Matobo, had a fallout with the players.

The discord according to Swallows’ general manager Nkhahle Nkhahle saw Matobo being side-lined from the team for a while. Mathetha takes over as Swallows are preparing for a friendly tournament which will take place at PTC Ground on Sunday. The tournament also features Bantu and LMPS.

“I assumed the role yesterday after I returned from Mokhotlong where I was attending a sports administration course,” Mathetha told Public Eye on Wednesday. “I am just an interim coach and will take charge of the team until they get someone new.” Mathetha however said he still has to prove himself whether or not he would be working in a provincial capacity.

“As a coach, I still expect the same results I would have had I been working on a fulltime basis. Football itself is a versatile sport that gives one mileage and skill as a coach,” he said. He added: “I was a goalkeepers’ coach for some time and I learnt a great deal in that role. It is a crucial responsibility that is why most goalkeepers’ coaches ended up being head coaches.”

Mathetha further said: “For me this is a learning curve, which I must wholly embrace.” Swallows were outclassed at the Alliance Winter Challenge a fortnight ago where they were went down 5-0 against Lioli and 3-0 to Matlama. But the merciless walloping did not bother Mathetha who took it in a positive manner.

“I normally take struggling teams because I like challenges and that is what helps develops one into a better coach,” he said, adding that the good thing about Swallows is they are a team with identity. He noted: “They already have identity as a team and that helps because I already know the kind of players I am going to be dealing with in terms of flair and skill.”

This is the first time Mathetha assumes the role of a head coach since he started his coaching career with FC Likhopo some couple of years ago. He has served as Bantu’s goalkeepers’ mentor before he became the senior women national team (Mehalalitoe)’s goalkeepers’ coach. During his playing days, Mathetha minded goals for the now defunct Arsenal FC and LCS before he later joined Likuena as their number one goalkeeper.

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