Shale set for Sundawana job
Former Bantu coach motlatsi Shale is favourite to replace Freeze Ntene at Sundawana.
Ntene’s contract with Sundawana expires at the end of this month and the Lesotho Times is reliably informed the Butha-buthe outfit are set to announce Shale as their new mentor as soon as it does.
The ambitious club, owned by popular traditional healer Thato ‘ Sundawana’ Nkone, has since employed Bantu’s former communications and marketing officer, Bokang Phasumane as it embarks on a rebuilding exercise.
Phasumane confirmed his move this week, and said he was the team’s new public relations officer. He would not comment on the coaching job “as he had just joined the club”, while Ntene told the Lesotho Times he had not discussed his future with the club.
Shale, on the other hand, told the Lesotho Times that he was still club-less, insisting no club had approached him to be their coach since leaving Bantu last month.
“I’m still club-less, my brother, and no team has made a move for me so far, so whatever you have heard are just rumours,” Shale said, in reference to the Sundawana move.
In other transfer news, Likhopo and national team goalkeeper Kananelo makhooane is said to have moved to newly crowned premier league champions, Lioli.
However, Likhopo team manager, Qamako mahao, said he was not aware of the development, telling the Lesotho Times: “I have no idea of such a move. As far as I know, he is still contracted to Likhopo and is in camp with the national team.
“All I know is we have players whose contracts will be coming to an end in August this year. As of now, makhooane is expecting his salary from us just like the rest of the players.”
makhooane, on the other hand, was not available for comment but impeccable sources told the Lesotho Times that the keeper would be in Lioli colours next season.
Mabuti Potloane is another player who is set to be the centre of attention before the new season begins in two months’ time.
The former Linare captain joined matlama in January this year for the second round of the 2014/15 season on a six-month contract.
The midfielder is now a free agent but is yet to decide on his next move.
“That’s the position — I am a free agent now and yet to make a decision on the way forward,” Potloane said.
The 2013/14 player of the season further said he has had “numerous offers” apart from being asked to renew his stay with matlama. Linare have also indicated their willingness to have the inspirational midfielder back in Hlotse.
“There are a number of teams that have approached me, but I would have to seek advice first and then make an informed decision because this is my future we are talking about,” he said.
Although he would not reveal which teams had approached him for his services, the Lesotho Times understands Lioli and Bantu are among the clubs interested in the gifted playmaker.
Lioli coach mosholu ‘ Shoes’ mokhothu recently told the Lesotho Times that he was hoping to reinforce his side with experienced campaigners as the TY outfit prepare to represent the country in the African Champions League. He would however, not be drawn to talk about the possibility of Potloane moving to Lioli.
Former Bantu coach motlatsi Shale
matlama midfielder Mabuti Potloane