Likuena Li star in Bos­nia for fo tri­als

Lesotho Times - - Front Page - Mikia Kalati

LE­SOTHO in­ter­na­tional, Jane ‘Sunny’ Tšotleho, is on tri­als at Bos­nia premier league side Fud­bal­ski Klub Velež Mostar.

The 23-year-old for­ward, who plays for Wilm­ing­ton Ham­mer­heads in North Carolina in the United States’ third-tier league, has been at Mostar since last week.

Ac­cord­ing to United States-based for­mer na­tional team goal­keeper, Tha­bane Sutu, who took Tšotleho to the US as a 13-year-old, chances are “very high” that the play­maker would win a con­tract at the club. Fud­bal­ski Klub Velež Mostar or Foot­ball Club Velež Mostar is a pro­fes­sional out­fit and one of the most suc­cess­ful in Bos­nia and Herze­gov­ina. It was founded on 22 June 1922.

“He is very de­ter­mined and has re­ceived good re­views since the tri­als started last week,” Sutu told the Le­sotho Times this week.

“The boy has been work­ing very hard and is look­ing for­ward to es­tab­lish­ing him­self in Europe.”

Tšotleho last played for the na­tional team, Likuena, in July this year at the re­gional Cosafa tour­na­ment held in South Africa. Le­sotho crashed out of the tour­na­ment in the first round, with Tšotleho start­ing one of Likuena’s three matches, and com­ing in as a sub­sti­tute in the third tie.

“Sunny has done very well here and has at­tracted a lot of at­ten­tion among Amer­i­can teams. How­ever, it will be very good for him and the coun­try if he signs for Mostar as it could open the doors for other play­ers from Le­sotho,” said Sutu.

Sutu, who played for Arse­nal and Egyp­tian gi­ants Al Ahly, and now coaches in the US, said an­other Le­sotho player based in Amer­ica, Napo Mat­soso (21), has been in great form for the Univer­sity of Ken­tucky.

“Mat­soso has been in fine form and is hop­ing to be given a chance to play for Likuena. He is ripe for the na­tional team and would be a won­der­ful ad­di­tion to the team,” Sutu said.

Wilm­ing­ton Ham­mer­heads FC for­ward Jane ‘Sunny’ Tšotleho (cen­tre) bat­tles for pos­ses­sion. (file pic)

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