‘New era’ for LMPS

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

The LMPS camp is brim­ming with con­fi­dence fol­low­ing last week’s cap­ture of starstriker Tšepo Se­tu­ru­mane from Li­oli.

The 2012/13 Vo­da­com Premier League player-of-the-sea­son an­nounced his ar­rival with a goal in LMPS’ 2-0 win over Bantu on Sun­day.

The mas­sive vic­tory over one of the favourites for the league ti­tle has brought so much op­ti­mism to the LMPS camp — a feel­ing the club’s public re­la­tions of­fi­cer, Kot­soane Ra­makau, was happy to em­pha­sise in an in­ter­view with the Le­sotho Times this week.

“We did not per­form so well over the last two years and the club had to do some­thing about it,” Ra­makau said.

“Man­age­ment sat down be­fore the sea­son started and iden­ti­fied the prob­lems which had led to this poor show­ing. The club then re­alised the only way we could get the de­sired re­sults was by sign­ing qual­ity play­ers.”

Ac­cord­ing to Ra­makau, the club then de­cided to en­tice play­ers who had just joined po­lice train­ing and among them were the Li­oli duo of Se­tu­ru­mane and de­fender Ba­sia Makepe, as well as Bantu’s Tanki Makhele.

“Lucky for us, a num­ber of top play­ers from big teams had come to our in­sti­tu­tion for train­ing to be­come po­lice of­fi­cers and we had to cap­i­talise on that sys­tem,” said Ra­makau.

“The good thing about it is most of them are still very young, which suited us very well. But we still had to go through the right chan­nels of en­gag­ing their clubs first for their ser­vices.

“Although it was not easy to get them, Li­oli and Bantu fi­nally man­aged to hear our pleas and agreed to loan us the play­ers.”

How­ever, Ra­makau re­vealed Li­oli were only will­ing to re­lease one of the two play­ers. LMPS then opted for Se­tu­ru­mane as the team strug­gled to score goals last sea­son, but was not that bad de­fen­sively, Ra­makau added.

“All in all, we have 12 new play­ers with most of them com­ing from the A Di­vi­sion. The play­ers’ ar­rival has paid div­i­dends as we beat Bantu in our first league match of the new sea­son on Sun­day,” Ra­makau said.

“Be­lieve me when I say the win was no fluke be­cause we were clearly the bet­ter team on the day. We de­served the three points and we be­lieve the ar­rival of these new top sign­ings her­alds a new era for LMPS.”

Ra­makau fur­ther re­vealed LMPS were in the process of sign­ing sea­soned coach, Ma­hao ‘Bomber’ Matete.

Matete has an im­pres­sive CV as far as do­mes­tic football is con­cerned, as he has pre­vi­ously coached Mat­lama, as well as the var­i­ous na­tional ju­nior teams and se­nior side, Likuena.

Matete was among coaches and ad­mi­nis- tra­tors banned by the Le­sotho Football As­so­ci­a­tion in 2012 for tak­ing the fed­er­a­tion to court over the elec­tion of the ex­ec­u­tive of the Dis­trict Football As­so­ci­a­tion of Mokhot­long, but LMPS have pleaded for his par­don.

“We re­main con­fi­dent that he will be cleared to coach again and hope­fully, by the end of the week, we will know his fate,” he said.

Ra­makau noted although the sea­son had just started, the LMPS hi­er­ar­chy be­lieved the team was now good enough to chal­lenge for hon­ours af­ter fin­ish­ing the last cam­paign 8th on the 14-team premier­ship log.

Full week­end re­sults Satur­day: Linare 1-4 Likhopo, LCS 0-1 Kick­4life, Li­oli 3-0 Sun­dawana.

Sun­day: LDF 1-1 Mphat­lalat­sane, Mat­lama 0-0 Rovers, Liphakoe 0-0 Lik­ila, LMPS 2-0 Bantu.

LCS striker Tha­bane Rankara (right) at­tempts to evade Kick­4life’s Thama­hane Moruti dur­ing a premier league match played at LCS Ground on satur­day.

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