Hlojeng appointed Mphatlalatsane president
FORMER national team captain, Tšepo Hlojeng, has been elevated from coach to president of Mphatlalatsane Football Club. Hlojeng, who played for clubs such as Rovers and LCS, said his decision to take an administrative role at the St Monica’s-based team, was motivated by financial struggles which nearly saw his home side being relegated from the premiership last season.
“I would say the decision to change my role at the club came after analysing the performance of the team last season and realising that lack of resources and sound administration was the main reason for the struggles,” Hlojeng said this week.
“This is how the team ended up giving me this responsibility of leading the club in order to address problems which have hurt the development of Mphatlalatsane FC.”
However, Hlojeng said coaching remained his passion more than administration and believes he would return to the profession in the near future.
“The most important thing at this stage is the stability and growth of the team as we could no long cater and look after our players who are now all over the country looking for greener pastures,” said Hlojeng.
Hlojeng, who was national team captain when they reached their first-ever final of the regional COSAFA tournament in 2000, said Mojalefa Kobisa would be the new coach, assisted by Thabo Tejane.
“The new coach has been my assistant at the club before and we felt that he was the right man to take over.
“For now, my focus is on bringing stability to the team and mobilising support because that’s what you need to build a brand and attract sponsors.”
According to Hlojeng, for a club to attract sponsorship, it must have a huge support base.
“Unless we have a good support base to brand this team, it will be very difficult to sell this product which is Mphatlalatsane FC.
“I think by virtue of playing topflight football, having solid management, being accountable and also possessing a good support base, we can be able to make this team a success story financially.”
Hlojeng further said the other worrying factor is that the club was failing to have homegrown talent in its ranks.
“It’s very unusual because in the past, 90 percent of the players in this team were from St Monica’s, but this is no longer the case, and we need to correct this.”
After working for companies such as Letšeng Diamonds, where he was CSRI and public Relations Administrator, as well as the Lesotho national olympic Committee (Lnoc), the former defender believes he now has the necessary managerial skills to preside over Mphatlalatsane.
MPHATLALATSANE FC president tšepo hlojeng.