Monday May 08, 2017. 10:30
Former Bloemfontein Celtic and Amaglug-glug defender James Madidilane led Bantu FC to the Lesotho Vodacom Premier League in his first year coaching in the Mountain Kingdom.
Madidilane, whose previous coaching experience was at Roses United as well as at the Bloemfontein Celtic youth teams, came to Lesotho before the start of the 2016/17 season at the recommendation of Lehlohonolo Seema.
Seema and Madidilane played and coached together at the Bloemfontein based outfit before Seema worked his way to coach the Siwelele’s senior team where he is currently the interim coach.
Bantu FC beat Kick4Life 3-0 to walk away with the biggest trophy in Lesotho’s domestic football on Saturday.
Describing his first year in the Kingdom country, Madidilane said not only has he won the biggest domestic prize, but he has also managed to improve his coaching badges by getting the CAF ‘B’ license’.
“The whole idea of coming to Lesotho was to learn as a young coach with inspiration to coach in the PSL in the future, but I’m very happy that my first year has yielded such a big trophy,” Madidilane said.
“I do not think I would have been able to achieve everything without the good support systems that were available to me at Bantu.
“I was also lucky to work with a technical team of humble people that assisted me from day one.”
The late former Bafana Bafana coach Styles Phumo, who also worked at Celtic, was the last South African born coach to have a successful spell coaching in Lesotho in the 90s.
The Lesotho Premier League has grown in leaps and bounds over the years and has also attracted coaches coming as far as Spain and France.
It also has a number of South African born players including former Celtic youth player in Lindokuhle Pungulwa.