Lerotholi shock

Star de­fender wants to leave Mat­lama Bantu bid for un­set­tled cen­tre-back

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

Mat­lama could lose iconic de­fender Nkau Lerotholi af­ter club in­sid­ers told the Le­sotho Times that the for­mer na­tional team cap­tain is at log­ger­heads with cer­tain man­age­ment mem­bers. Lerotholi (25) did not fea­ture in Mat­lama’s 1-0 win over Sun­dawana on Sun­day, al­legedly be­cause of the fall­out the sources said was “foot­ball-re­lated and not per­sonal”.

The Le­sotho Times has been in­formed that Bantu have since ap­proached Mat­lama in a bid to sign the de­fender who was the team’s cap­tain be­fore he left for South African First Divi­sion side Garankuwa United last year, where he could how­ever, not stay due to work-per­mit com­pli­ca­tions.

Lerotholi on Tues­day would not dis­cuss the al­leged rift with Mat­lama when con­tacted by the Le­sotho Times.

“I am still a Mat­lama player, but I’m in ne­go­ti­a­tions with the club re­gard­ing my fu­ture and might have an an­swer to your ques­tions by Fri­day or next week,” Lerotholi said.

Mat­lama sec­re­tary gen­eral, Thabo Nkhahle, told the Le­sotho Times that he had heard of the “ru­mours” that Lerotholi wanted to leave the club, but in­sisted the de­fender was not for sale at any price.

“What I can tell you is that he is not for sale and re­mains an in­te­gral part of our plans de­spite those re­ports that he wants out of the club,” Nkhahle said.

“Yes; we re­ceived an of­fer from Bantu and have al­ready told them that we are not sell­ing the de­fender.

“Like I said, Nkau is very much a part of our plans and we will find ways to re­solve what­ever is­sues might have made him un­happy, if in­deed he is un­happy at Mat­lama.”

Bantu Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer Mot­latsi Mo­fo­keng also con­firmed that A Matšo Mate­bele had made a bid for the highly rated de­fender.

“In­deed, we have made a bid to Mat­lama for the ser­vices of Lerotholi, but we are still wait­ing for feed­back from the club,” Mo­fo­keng said.

Lerotholi is Mat­lama’s long­est serv­ing player and is the only re­main­ing mem­ber of the Put­soa squad that won the league ti­tle and Vo­da­com Spec­tac­u­lar in the 2009/10 sea­son.

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