Lekhooana on the mend

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

Li­oli striker Tšepo Lekhooana will soon re­move the plas­ter from his bro­ken leg and start phys­io­ther­apy with the hope of be­ing fully fit when the 2015/16 premier league sea­sons gets un­der­way in two months’ time.

Lekhooana was on the wrong end of a tackle by Mat­lama goal­keeper, Makhetha Thakeli, dur­ing a premier­ship thriller which ended 1-1 at Setsoto Sta­dium in March this year.

With his sea­son com­ing to a pre­ma­ture end, Lekhooana told the Le­sotho Times he had time to re­flect on his ca­reer and found it dif­fi­cult to watch both his club and na­tional team col­lages in ac­tion from the side­lines.

The club’s top goalscorer with eight strikes at the time of the in­jury, Lekhooana on Monday told the Le­sotho Times he had suf­fered both phys­i­cal and emo­tional pain dur­ing his lay­off. Lekhooana was third in the premier league scor­ing charts be­hind Mat­lama’s Phafa Tšosane and Litšepe Marabe of Bantu on nine and 16 goals re­spec­tively at the time, with the ac­ci­den­tal clash end­ing what­ever hopes he had of win­ning the Golden Boot. Marabe won the top-scorer award with 22 goals, and would re­ceive M2 000 for his feat.

“Apart from the ev­ery­day pain that i en­sured, it took me over a month to come to terms with this in­jury and that i would not play foot­ball for a very long time,” Lekhooana said.

“These have been very hard times for me, but the sup­port i have been get­ting from my fam­ily, fel­low play­ers and Li­oli man­age­ment and fans, has kept me go­ing and i’m grate­ful for that.”

The gifted striker also said Li­oli have been look­ing af­ter him since the in­jury and pay­ing his med­i­cal bills, among other as­sis­tances.

“i will be re­mov­ing the plas­ter any­time now and start­ing my re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion. Hope­fully, i will start run­ning again within a month or two,” said Lekhooana.

“it has been painful for me to watch the na­tional team on tele­vi­sion since my in­jury, as i would have wanted to be with them in those bat­tles be­cause i was part of the side be­fore the un­for­tu­nate clash.

“i fol­lowed the team very care­fully dur­ing the COSAFA tour­na­ment held in South Africa last month and it hurt so bad when we could not make it past the group stages of the event. How­ever, i be­lieve the team will come good once again, and do well in fu­ture com­pe­ti­tions.”

Mean­while, Tse Nala have started their pre­sea­son prepa­ra­tions with coach Mosholu ‘Shoes’ Mokhothu, who re­cently signed a new one-year con­tract with the TY gi­ants, telling the Le­sotho Times he was look­ing for­ward to another suc­cess­ful cam­paign with the team.

Mokhothu led Li­oli to the in­de­pen­dence and league ti­tles dur­ing the 2014/15 sea­son, and says he would love to do even bet­ter in the up­com­ing cam­paign.

“We have al­ready started our pre­sea­son train­ing at the Le­hakoe Club gym,” Mok- hothu said.

“it is im­por­tant that we have a strong team next sea­son be­cause ex­pec­ta­tions will be even higher af­ter the dream sea­son we had.

“i have al­ready sub­mit­ted a list of play­ers that i would like for the new sea­son and the man­age­ment is still study­ing those names. i need a big pool of play­ers as we would be in­volved in many com­pe­ti­tions, which also in- clude the African Cham­pi­ons League.”

“We al­ready have many in­ter­na­tional play­ers at Li­oli, but i be­lieve we can do even bet­ter with a few ad­di­tions to strengthen our squad,” said Mokhothu.

Still with Tse Nala, star mid­fielder Tšoanelo Koe­tle, who had been linked with a move out­side the coun­try, has penned a new three-year deal with the club.

The linkman was in fine form dur­ing last month’s COSAFA tour­na­ment held in South Africa, where he won two man-of-the-match awards, with sources telling the Le­sotho Times the per­for­mances had prompted in­ter­est from a num­ber of South African teams.

“Tšoanelo will be here be­cause he has com­mit­ted to the club for a fur­ther three years,” said Mokhothu.

Li­oli striker Tšepo Lekhooana (right) has his leg bro­ken af­ter be­ing tack­led by Mat­lama goal­keeper Makhetha Thakeli in March.

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