Wor­ry­ing news com­ing out of Li­oli camp

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

LI­OLI failed to reg­is­ter a win for the third suc­ces­sive league match af­ter play­ing to a goal­less draw against strug­gling Kick­4life at Set­soto Sta­dium last Satur­day.

Such a poor run is un­usual for Tse Nala, who have been the coun­try’s most con­sis­tent and suc­cess­ful team over the past two years.

The last time mosholu ‘Shoes’ mokhothu’s charges won a league match was on 3 oc­to­ber when they beat mphat­lalat­sane 2-0 at Set­soto.

In fact, Li­oli had gone on a 26-match un­beaten streak be­fore los­ing to Bantu four weeks ago at Set­soto Sta­dium.

of course, this will be a worry for both the coach and man­age­ment as the team is now en­ter­ing an even more dif­fi­cult phase, in which they would be rep­re­sent­ing Le­sotho in the 2016 African Cham­pi­ons League tour­na­ment.

Li­oli have al­ready failed to de­fend their In­de­pen­dence Cup ti­tle, which they lost to bit­ter ri­vals Bantu a fort­night ago.

But what should be wor­ry­ing for the team and in­deed their sup­port­ers, is the fact that they are now even strug­gling to beat min­nows such as Kick­4life.

I have since es­tab­lished that all is not well in the Li­oli camp hence the lack of re­sults, but for a team blessed with so much qual­ity, the poor run should re­ally be cause for con­cern for the rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers.

The team’s man­age­ment will have to step in very quickly to re­solve what­ever is­sues have sud­denly made this once-awe­some ma­chine very or­di­nary.

What I know is there will al­ways be egos in a team ooz­ing with such tal­ent, with some of the big-name play­ers cer­tainly not happy to set­tle for a place on the bench or even in the stands come match-day.

I have per­son­ally spo­ken with some of the play­ers re­gard­ing what’s hap­pen­ing in their camp and what emerged was a fright­en­ing tale of divi­sions in the squad.

my big­gest worry is Tse Nala could be hu­mil­i­ated when they face the con­ti­nent’s big guns in the Cham­pi­ons League next year.

We have be­come used to our teams fail­ing to make it past the pre­lim­i­nary stage of in­ter­na­tional foot­ball, but un­til their re­cent loss of form, Li­oli had the po­ten­tial to do well in the Cham­pi­ons League.

We are talk­ing of na­tional pride here, which is why I hope Li­oli of­fi­cials are go­ing to do ev­ery­thing in their power to get this team back on track, sooner rather than later.

on a dif­fer­ent but very sad note, I would like to ex­tend my con­do­lences to the fam­ily of the late for­mer na­tional team de­fender, eric makara. makara passed away last week af­ter a long bat­tle with can­cer.

A tal­ented right-back in his hey­day, makara played for the likes of mat­lama, Lerotholi Polytechnic and LDF.

makara was also a mem­ber of the most suc­cess­ful Likuena which reached the fi­nal of the re­gional Cosafa tour­na­ment in 2000, hence he de­serves to be called a leg­end of the game in our coun­try.

I think his best foot­ball days were in the green-and-gold of LDF, when the army side dom­i­nated the lo­cal scene, win­ning back-to­back league tro­phies.

We have lost a man who still had much to of­fer to the young gen­er­a­tion in terms of his ex­ten­sive knowl­edge of the beau­ti­ful game.

rest In Peace, my brother, you did your bit to make our game re­spectable among our neigh­bours!

LI­OLI play­ers hoist the Vo­da­com Premier League tro­phy last sea­son.

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