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