Mokhothu needs King Solomon’s wis­dom

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

When King Solomon was faced with two women who both claimed to be the mother of the baby be­fore him, he pro­posed the in­fant be cut in half for the ladies to each take a share.

the wise King knew the mother most dis­traught by this sug­ges­tion would be the true par­ent of the tod­dler.

But while this trick worked for the Bib­li­cal King, it seems un­likely to do the same for li­oli coach Mosholu ‘Shoes’ Mokhothu when tse Nala travel to Bu­rundi for Sun­day’s pre­lim­i­nary round, se­cond leg match of the african Cham­pi­ons league against Vi­tal’ô .

Tse Nala lost 1-2 to the Bu­rundi side in the first leg match played at Set­soto sta­dium a fort­night ago, and face an up­hill task to up­stage Vi­tal’ô in their own back­yard and progress to the next stage of the con­ti­nen­tal show­case.

I feel Li­oli lost the plot in the first leg match in which they could not take ad­van­tage of home ground, and al­lowed Vi­tal’ô to score two cru­cial away goals.

That score­line makes it very dif­fi­cult for li­oli to come back into it , which is why I be­lieve Mokhothu would need to be brave and have the wis­dom of King Solomon so he could plot Vi­tal’ô’s un­likely down­fall in Bu­jum­bura at the week­end.

It will be very in­ter­est­ing to see how Mokhothu is go­ing to play his cards in this re­verse tie be­cause li­oli have been so dom­i­nant on the lo­cal scene that they are not used to play­ing se­cond fid­dle.

Per­haps Mokhothu’s big­gest chal­lenge will be get­ting his se­lec­tion right be­cause he has so many tal­ented play­ers at his dis­posal. But again, most of his star play­ers failed to rise to the oc­ca­sion in the 2-1 loss at Set­soto.

The coach must first in­still self-be­lief in his play­ers so that they go out there know­ing they are good enough to beat their foes even on their own turf.

again, li­oli play­ers would have to give more than they did in the first leg match where they lacked the vi­tal sense of ur­gency de­spite hav­ing home ad­van­tage.

I also feel Bushy Mo­let­sane, who is still re- cov­er­ing from a groin in­jury, will once again be missed in this match.

There is no doubt the vet­eran mid­fielder is still ir­re­place­able and is one player who has al­ways brought some­thing spe­cial to li­oli.

Un­for­tu­nately, the linkman’s in­jury could sig­nal the end of his long ca­reer and Mokhothu would have to come up with an­other plan to break Vi­tal’ô and get the des­per­ately needed goals.

Obak­eng Modirwa has since been tasked with the re­spon­si­bil­ity of tak­ing the role of a play­maker in the li­oli start­ing line-up in the ab­sence of Mo­let­sane, but he has not re­ally lived up to ex­pec­ta­tions. He would have to do bet­ter if he gets the nod to start again this Sun­day be­cause he was very dis­ap­point­ing in the first leg match.

Surely Vi­tal’ô have a huge ad­van­tage go­ing into the se­cond leg match, but foot­ball is a game of sur­prises and any­thing can hap­pen in Bu­rundi.

For the sake of our foot­ball, I hope li­oli will do some­thing that we have never seen be­fore and progress to the first round of this com­pe­ti­tion.

But again, this will de­pend on the at­ti­tude of the play­ers be­cause they must be pre­pared to win this do-or-die tie at all costs.

On a dif­fer­ent and very sad note, I would like to wish liphakoe play­ers and their of­fi­cials a speedy re­cov­ery af­ter the car they were trav­el­ling in from their league match against Kick­4life last Sun­day, was in­volved in an ac­ci­dent.

Li­oli head coach Mosholu Mokhothu with some of his charges.

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