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April 26, 2022

KABELO MASOABI

3 min read

Linare too hot for Bantu

Linare too hot for Bantu

Linare number two goalkeeper, Maqebo Temana

Story highlights

  • Temana excited after winning his debut match
  • Coach wants Tse Tala to stop being whipping boys of the league

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LINARE’s back-up goalkeeper, Maqebo Temana says the trust Coach Teboho Moloi has in him, contributed to their triumph over the fearful Bantu at the weekend.

The match held in Maputsoe, Leribe where Tse Tala, beat the Mafeteng outfit A Matšo Matebele 4-1, was Temane’s debut appearance in the Vodacom Premier League.

Bantu FC are the defending Econet Premier League champions and the embarrassing torment they suffered at the hands of Linare means they have lost their chance to retain the title.

Positioned second on the log standing, the loss has also automatically propelled Matlama FC to win the league title without kicking a ball in a while.

Temana joined Linare in 2019 from Juventus FC and has since patiently awaited his chance to be fielded in the senior team.

"In the absence of club’s first choice goalie, Sello Thetsane who was red-carded in our previous league match, Coach Moloi made me part of the starting line-up owing to his trust in me.  
"I know Thetsane also trusts me, so I wasn't going to disappoint. I had known a week before that I would be in this match, hence the coach took necessary time to prepare me for the big encounter," he continued.
"As much as everyone thought that I would be anxious, especially starting against tough opponents like Bantu, I was however not scared at all - I instead went in there and proved myself.”
Shot-stopper Temana was thankful to God for giving him the strength to play his maiden game the way he did.

"I decided to play that match as I would play any other game. I think that helped to suppress any possible anxiety. What only unsettled me for a while was the large crowd I played before, which I had to impress.”
 

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Feeling optimistic following the Sunday game, Temana added: "I have to improve my performance to impress my coach and being next to him as a South African national, should come in handy in order to open doors for me to eventually play for top foreign clubs. That is my ultimate dream."

Moloi is a former SA Orlando Pirates assistant coach.
Since taking over the club in 2021, his time in charge has been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the stoppages have made it difficult for Linare to cover great ground.  
However, Moloi is happy with the progress he is making with his charges.

He said he did not want Linare to be the whipping boys of the league, adding that local teams now know they have to pull up their socks in order to face Tse Tala.
 

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