Shale set for Sun­dawana job

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

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

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