Congolese maestro targets ‘trophies’   



Newly signed Bantu midfielder Fidel “Maestro” Ntoya ,left, in  blue jersey
Newly signed Bantu midfielder Fidel “Maestro” Ntoya ,left, in blue jersey

Moorosi Tsiane

Bantu’s new signing, Fidel ‘Maestro’ Ntoya, says he joined the Mafeteng-based premier league outfit to win trophies.

Ntoya (23) was among 13 new faces unveiled by Bantu a fortnight ago, and the Congolese said he was looking forward to a successful stint at the club. The midfielder, who was with Kick4Life last season, joined Bantu on a two-year contract.

“I have signed a two-year deal with Bantu simply because I wanted to join one of the big teams in this country and win trophies,” Ntoya told the Lesotho Times.

The talented midfielder revealed that when he arrived in Lesotho last year from Gabonese First Division side Sogeria Sport, he wanted to join LCS.

“I was playing in Gabon before I came here. In fact, I was supposed to join my father who is living in France but things did not work out, hence my decision to come to Lesotho and be with my brother, Robert. Robert was with Kick4Life, but I wanted to join LCS, and had trials with them. But for reasons that I don’t know, the club was reluctant to sign me, and I ended up joining Kick4Life,” he said.

Ntoya said there was “a huge difference” between Congo Brazzaville, Gabon and Lesotho football leagues but he still enjoyed his time at Kick4Life.

“Football has been professionalised in both Gabon and the Congo, so there is a huge difference between what happens in those countries and here in Lesotho. However, I am enjoying my stay in this country; we have started our pre-season training with Bantu, and so far, I have no complaints.

“I can see that Bantu are a very big club and have very good players. I am going to give my best to help the team reclaim the premier league title they lost to Lioli last season.”

However, the midfielder said he was still hoping to go and live in France and possibly play football in that country.

“It is every player’s dream to make money out of their God-given talent and I am no exception. If things go my way, I still hope to go to France or play in any of the professional leagues abroad,” said Ntoya.



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