Mohapi takes coaching reins at Bantu
LESOTHO Correctional Service (LCS) is on the brink of a boost in the midfield as the club looks set to sign former Likuena and Bantu midfielder, Bosiuoa Boseka who has been club-less since being transfer-listed by the Mafeteng-based side last season.
According to LCS Secretary-general, Lehlohonolo Matlosa, the correctional service outfit is closing in on a deal to sign the talented midfielder ahead of the resumption of the second round of the 2015/16 Vodacom Premier League on 16 January 2015.
“We held a meeting with Bantu management, and are now in the process of finalising the deal for the player who has been training with our team for some time,” Matlosa told the Lesotho Times on Monday.
“As it stands, Bosiuoa Boseka is the only player we plan to add to our squad during the January transfer window.”
Meanwhile, Kick4life is also set to reinforce their squad despite ending the first round of the league on a high under new coach Leslie Notši.
The former Likuena mentor said this week he was keen on acquiring the services of former Kick4life player Fidel Ntoya after the midfielder was transfer-listed by Bantu.
“We have a few names on our wish list, but we are still working on the logistics with management,” Notši said.
“As for Ntoya, he is a good player and we are keen to bring him back to the team.”
On the other hand, the club-less duo of Hopolang Mohlalefi and Kholuoe Phasumane are set to join Linare after also being transfer-listed by Bantu.
They are likely to be joined in the green and white of Linare by former Likuena defender, Thabo Masualle, who has also been club-less since the beginning of the season after being transfer-listed by Bantu.
Contacted for comment, Linare Public Relations Officer, Refiloe Makhobotloane, said Tse Tala were eyeing new signings after a disappointing first round campaign.
“Indeed, we are currently in negotiations with a number of players that we feel can add value to our squad. Unfortunately, I am not in a position to reveal their names at this stage,” he said.
Asked whether Linare’s star player, Lebajoa Mosehlenyane who has been linked with a move to Bantu, would remain at the club, Mokhobotloane said: “At the moment there are no offers for him and currently, his focus is on remaining with the team.” BAFOKENG Mohapi has been appointed as the new man in the Bantu coaching hot seat following the sacking of Motlatsi Shale last week.
Shale returned to Bantu last November and replaced Katiso Mojakhomo who was fired due to poor results. However, Shale was also shown the door after losing all the four matches he had been in charge before the end of the first round of the premier league.
Announcing the appointment on Tuesday, the club’s Public Relations Officer, Motlatsi Mofokeng, said Mohapi would mentor the Mafeteng outfit until the end of the season.
“We have appointed Ntate Mohapi as our new coach until the end of the season and he will be assisted by Caswell Moru,” Mofokeng said.
“The mandate of the coach is to ensure the club ends the season among the top four teams in the Vodacom Premier League. Winning the title would be a bonus for the coach and the team.
“He is also mandated with retaining the LNIG Top 8 title, which we won last year.”
Bantu, Mofokeng said, was also in the process of replenishing its squad in the January transfer window after shipping out a host of players deemed excess to requirements.
“We have identified a few players to beef up our squad and are still in negotiations with their clubs,” he said.
“The plan is to bring in quality players that can help the team end the season in a respectable position.”
Meanwhile, the second round of the Vodacom Premier League will get underway on Saturday 16 January with Kick4life facing off with Rovers, while Mphatlatsane will host fellow strugglers Liphakoe. The last match of the day will see Likhopo hosting LDF.
On the next day, Matlama will foray to Butha-buthe to face first round in-form team Sundawana who went on a six-match unbeaten run to end the year in third position.league leaders Lioli will host third from bottom LMPS at Setsoto Stadium, while Linare will be at home to LCS.
Tse Nala are currently at the summit of the Vodacom Premier League with 27 points after 12 matches, and have a point advan- tage over Matlama.
The last match on Sunday will see Bantu at home to Likila United at the Leshoboro Stadium in Mafeteng.
Second round opening fix
tures Saturday January 16 Kick4life v Rovers Mphatlalatsane v Liphakoe Likhopo v LDF Sunday 17 Lioli v LMPS Sundawana v Matlama Linare v LCS Bantu v Likila United
Bosiuoa Boseka (front left) tussles for the ball with a Matlama defender during his Bantu days.