Bantu FC James Madidilane relishing CAF Champions League opportunity
Posted: 15 December 2017 Time: 18:00
Ex-Bloemfontein Celtic defender James Madidilane will be representing South Africa in next year’s CAF Champions League as coach of Bantu FC from Lesotho.
Madidilane’s men will face Swazi side Mbabane Swallows, who reached the group stages of this year's Confederation Cup, in the preliminary round of Africa's premier club competition.
Madidilane is determined to make history with the Mafeteng outfit.
“To be honest I never expected it to happen so early in my coaching career,” Madidilane tells KickOff.com from Maseru.
“I am excited. Now that I am presented with this chance I am ready to grab it with both hands. No team from Lesotho has gone beyond the first round in CAF competition and we want to make history.
“I am enjoying great support from management and the chairman. With good preparations I believe we can beat Swallows.”
Despite football being semi-professional in Lesotho, the former Under-23 international has been impressed with the quality of players.
“In terms of professionalism I can compare it to some of the National First Division teams. There is also a challenge of getting sponsorship. The league here is not enjoying good financial support from corporates like in South Africa. But in terms of quality, there are many very good players in the league,” concludes Madidalane, who is in his second season with the club.
Madidilane’s previous coaching experience was at Roses United and in the junior ranks of Celtic.
He played for Manning Rangers, Phunya Sele Sele and Maritzburg United in his PSL career and won a single cap for South Africa in a weakened XI that met Mauritius in a Cosafa Castle Cup tie in 2007. He was a regular U-23 international.