RE-ELECTED Bantu president Leuta Leuta says there is still lot of work which needs to be done to make the team one of the biggest brands in the country.
Leuta, who is in his fourth term, was re-elected at an annual general meeting (AGM) last weekend in Mafeteng.
He said on top of their mandate is to ensure that Bantu has its own shop and ground where they will play their home matches.
“We have a lot of projects which are still in the pipeline and we are happy that the committee has not changed, maybe because Bantu supporters see it fit that we continue with the work that we have been doing,” Leuta said.
“For most of the ongoing projects, we need people who understand clearly what needs to be done.
“Most importantly, we want to ensure that this team has its replica shop and also try to see that we get our own ground.”
Bantu’s profile has been on the rise ever since Leuta was elected president a year before being promoted into the Premier League in 2009. He has led the team to three league trophies and numerous domestic tournaments such as the Independence Top4 and LNIG Top8.
Leuta attributed this to the love and passion for the club and all the support that he has been getting from his colleagues.
“There has been lot of positives in this past 12 years that I have been the president of this team and I am proud of the achievements. But it all goes to show what people can achieve if they do what they love. Mafeteng people love this team and they always support it. So, when you work with such people you don’t want to disappoint them.
“We are working to make this team one of the biggest brands in the country by professionalising it. At the moment, all our players work only for the team and we pay them. We are in the right direction but there is still lot of work to be done to get where we want to be,” he said.
Reflecting on their team performance domestically last season, Leuta said they had a busy schedule which saw their players failing to cope with the pressure.
“Last season was tough because of the Champions League since they started earlier than we had expected. This made it tough for our team as we played too many matches within a short space of time. Our players ended up suffering injuries and we couldn’t keep up with other teams. However, we are still proud because they managed to advance into the second round of the Champions League.
“This new season we are out to reclaim what was ours. We just came from a dry season but we are already preparing for the upcoming season. There are going to be slight changes in our technical team,” Leuta said.
Bantu full committee
VICE President 1(Finance & Marketing)
VICE PRES. 2(Admin)
VICE PRES. 3(Technical)
Adv. Tefo Rabolinyane