Ntoya targets top8 finish



Moorosi Tsiane

Kick4Life midfielder Fidel Ntoya says finishing among the top eight teams on the 14-team Vodacom Premier League table is a priority for the ambitious Maseru club.

The versatile Congolese midfielder joined Kick4Life at the start of the 2014/15 campaign and moved to Bantu this season.

But after struggling for game-time at Bantu, Ntoya returned to Kick4Life during the 2016 January transfer window and has been pulling the strings in the middle-of-the-park for the youthful outfit.

Kick4Life are seventh on the premier league table with 28 points after playing 21 matches and are still to play five games before they complete their programme.

Ntoya told the Lesotho Times: “I am settling well in the team, and can’t complain. I am looking forward to helping the team finish in a respectable position at the end of the season and certainly not outside the top-eight.”

Kick4Life finished 10th on the table in their debut season in the topflight league last term under coach Motlalepula Majoro. The team is now being coached by former national team mentor, Leslie Notši, and Ntoya says he is learning “so much” from the former national team goalkeeper.

“Notši is one of the most experienced coaches in this country and working with him means a lot to me. I have no doubt he can help me as an individual and the rest of the team, to reach to our full potential,” he said.

“He is a very professional coach and likes hardworking players. He is more than a coach to us but a father-figure to the team.”

Asked what went wrong at Bantu, Ntoya said: “I know many people think I had a problem with Lehlohonolo Seema (technical advisor) but that is not the reason I left Bantu. What I can tell you is I joined Bantu because I wanted a team where I could win trophies and play with more experienced players because as you can see at Kick4Life, there are a lot of youngsters.

“Unfortunately, that was not happening but the situation was more frustrating because I was not playing as much as I thought I would, while on the other hand, the team was not doing well. So I couldn’t sit on the bench and watch the team struggle knowing what I could offer given the chance so I decided to ask to be released in January. That’s how I returned to Kick4Life.

“Now my focus is on Kick4Life. I will start to think about my next move when I have fulfilled my contract here.”

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