Khutlang raring to go
. . . New Lioli signing says he can’t wait for the season to begin
“Teamwork is an important aspect of this event so the challenge is not all about performance.
“Of-course, there will be winners but we also target beginners with little experience on physical activities.”
schmidt, who is the founder of Lioli’s latest acquisition, Tumelo ‘Makhopo’ Khutlang, is raring to go and hoping for a fruitful stay at the Teyateyaneng outfit where he has signed a three-year contract.
The two-time Vodacom Premier League Young-player-of-the-season is confident of rediscovering his best form following his high-profile move from Sundawana to Tse Nala last week.
The 20-year-old revealed he also held talks with Bantu, but eventually settled for the defending league champions.
“After my contract with sundawana expired on Friday last week, i had several options, among them going to Bantu, but at the end, i felt Lioli were the right team for me,” said the talented midfielder.
Khutlang, who began his topflight football career at Likhopo before moving to sundawana last season, said his game suffered at sundawana because of “the too many responsibilities” he carried at the Butha-buthe outfit.
it was this “burden”, he added, which resulted in his failure to win the young-playerof-the-season award for the third time in a row last term.
Bantu’s hlompho Kalake won the coveted award instead and Khutlang believes he could be the menace he was when he won the premiership accolade while with Likhopo in 2012/13 and 2013/14.
“A lot of responsibilities were put on my shoulders at sundawana and i feel it affected my performance, but now i have joined the champions and will be surrounded by quality players who will make me a better footballer.”
The youngster, who had unsuccessful trials at south African premier league side Moroka swallows last season, however, said he still had the ambition to play football outside the country.
“swallows invited me for trials last year, but unfortunately, they did not sign me.
“They were impressed with what they saw on the pitch, but i failed medical tests as my heartbeat was not normal while i also had a knee injury.”
The gifted attacking midfielder said the abnormal heartbeat gave him a scare as it was not the first time he had experienced the problem while undergoing medicals.
“i believe playing for Lioli will help me improve and possibly realise my dream of playing outside the country.”
Khutlang also said he had shifted focus to winning trophies with Lioli — a club renowned for collecting silverware almost most every season.
Khutlang further said aid he had been welcomed elcomed at Lioli and nd was enjoyingg working under er coach Mosholu ‘shoes’hoes’ Mokhothu.
“i am hoping to improve rove my game here and help elp the team retain the league ague title as well as doingg well in the African Champions hampions League next year.” ear.”
The midfielder also took time me to talk about his recent nt dismissal from the national ational team over disciplinary inary issues.
“i admit i was wrong to arrive late for national onal team camp. The he thing is, we e were given a chance to go home ome after playingg Botswana in the he first leg of the 2016 African Nations ations Championship (CHAN) qualifier. er.
“Unfortunately, i came back a day late as s i had visited my grandparents who live ve outside Maseru. i didn’t report back forr camp late deliberately and have since apologised pologised to the coach.
“i wouldn’t intentionally mess-up the chance hance to play for my country as it had been een a dream-come-true to be called-up in the first place. “Right now, i’m working hard here at Lioli so that i can win back my place in the national team. it was a real privilege to wear the colours of my country, which is why i am saying returning to camp late was not deliberate on my part.”