Lekhooa back at Li­oli

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

Mid­fielder Te­boho lekhooa is back at Li­oli af­ter miss­ing the first half of the sea­son due to a self-im­posed sab­bat­i­cal.

The for­mer na­tional un­der-20 cap­tain came through li­oli’s ju­nior ranks and was reg­is­tered with the team on trans­fer dead­line day last fri­day.

How­ever, lekhooa (20) will not play in the African Cham­pi­ons league as li­oli had al­ready reg­is­tered their squad for the con­ti­nen­tal tour­na­ment.

li­oli coach, Mosholu ‘Shoes’ Mokhothu, on Tues­day told the Le­sotho Times that lekhooa was be­ing as­sessed to see if he was in shape to be thrown into the fray im­me­di­ately.

“lekhooa is back af­ter miss­ing the first round of the sea­son due to per­sonal is­sues,” Mokhothu said.

“We are as­sess­ing his progress to see if he could be ready to play any­time soon, al­though i was sur­prised to see how quickly he is re­spond­ing to train­ing.

“He re­mains a qual­ity player al­though he will not be able to play in the Cham­pi­ons league as the dead­line for player-reg­is­tra­tion closed way back in Novem­ber.”

Mean­while, the le­sotho foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (lefa) on Mon­day an­nounced that prepa­ra­tions for li­oli’s Cham­pi­ons league pre­lim­i­nary round matches against Vi­tal’ô foot­ball Club of Bu­rundi were on track.

li­oli host the Bu­rundi gi­ants on 14 Fe­bru­ary in the first-leg fix­ture with the re­turn match set for 28 fe­bru­ary in Bu­jum­bura.

lefa sec­re­tary gen­eral, Mokhosi Mo­hapi, said tick­ets for the match go on sale next Mon­day, and that the as­so­ci­a­tion would be in charge of the team’s ex­penses for the matches. Mo­hapi was not in a po­si­tion to give ex­act fig­ures but said lefa could spend up to M900 000 on li­oli for the two matches.

“ev­ery­thing is in place for the match and tick­ets for the match will go on sale on Mon­day next week at all Sho­prite stores around the coun­try,” Mo­hapi said.

“Tick­ets will be M30 for the Open Stand and M40 for the royal Stand.”

li­oli vice-pres­i­dent, Mothoalo Mothoalo, on the other hand, said he was con­fi­dent that Tse Nala would do the coun­try proud be­cause they have had good prepa­ra­tions for the con­ti­nen­tal show­case.

“We feel that our prepa­ra­tions are on track be­cause we played friendly games against the likes of Bloem­fontein Celtic of South Africa. Our league cam­paign here has also been help­ful as well as the lnig com­pe­ti­tion,” he said.

Mothoalo also an­nounced Tšeliso ler­ata as their new com­mu­ni­ca­tions and mar­ket­ing of­fi­cer. Ler­ata takes over from Moeketsi Pitso, who passed away late last year.

Te­boho Lekhooa (cen­tre) has re­turned to Li­oli af­ter miss­ing first half of the sea­son.

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