Madidilane on winning the Lesotho League
5/16/2017 10:40:35 AM

May 2016 saw the venture between Lesotho’s Bantu FC and Bloemfontein Celtic getting into an exchange programme where Celtic allowed James Madidilane who was by then the assistant coach of its development team to join Lesotho most celebrated team, Bantu FC as head coach. Just a season after that Madidilane has phenomenally played an exquisite role in the team winning the championship with a massive 62 points from 26 games played in a 14 team Lesotho Premier League.

“The achievement is indeed unbelievable. When I was first called by Celtic chairman Max Tshabalala about the partnership and prospect of coaching in Lesotho, I had goose-bumps and nearly refused but immediately took that as massive challenge worth trying,” explains Madidilane when asked about his achievement.

James believes the Lesotho league has so many competent players that can soar to greater heights if given the chance in other leagues. “Hlompho Kalake, midfield maestro in the mould of Siyabonga Nkosi (former Celtic player) is our top goal scorer who can play for any team in the PSL league. Also players like Marco Khooa and Ramasimong Maloisane, Celtic Colts products produced scintillating displays that proved their worth.”

He continues “I’m eternally grateful of this opportunity presented to me by Celtic to gauge my coaching ability and most significantly qualifying Bantu FC for the CAF competition. It is imperative for me to continue and try defending the championship. John Leuta, the Bantu FC President was crying whilst appreciative of our work as a team and that gave the reasons to yearn for another chance to coach the team,” he said.