Mo­hapi takes coach­ing reins at Bantu

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati Mikia Kalati

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.

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