Likhopo fire coach

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

Likhopo have fired club and na­tion­al­nal team leg­end, Sha­lane Le­hohla, eight­ght months af­ter ap­point­ing him head-coach.h.

Ac­cord­ing to team man­ager Qa­mako ako Ma­hao, the for­mer mid­fielder was sacked­ked on Mon­day be­cause he was no longer “comm­pat­i­ble” with the premier­ship club.

“It’s true we have parted ways with the he coach, although I would not say his dis­missal is mainly due to the team’s per­foror­mance.

“I would say the sack­ing re­flects whathat has been hap­pen­ing at the club on and off the pitch. He was no longer com­pat­i­ble ble with the team hence we took the de­ci­sionon to let him go,” said Ma­hao.

“We are yet to ap­point his suc­ces­sor andnd still look­ing for some­one who will be in charge un­til the end of the sea­son whenen we will then be ap­point­ing a sub­stan­tiveive coach.”

How­ever, ac­cord­ing to a source close to de­vel­op­ments at Likhopo, Le­hohla fell out with the man­age­ment when he open­lynly ques­tioned the way the club was be­ing run un dur­ing a heated meet­ing held in Maserueru last week.

Both Ma­hao and Le­hohla would not dis­cuss the meet­ing in ques­tion with the Le­sotho Times.

How­ever, Le­hohla said he had no proboblem leav­ing the post if the man­age­mentent had de­cided he should go.

“I re­ceived the news on my re­turn fro­mom Pre­to­ria, but if the club has taken such ha a de­ci­sion, then I have no choice but to ac­cept it.

“It is not my char­ac­ter to dis­cuss such is­sues in the me­dia, but since it is out now,w, I might as well tell my side of the story.

“As far as I’m con­cerned my sack­ing has noth­ing to do with the way the team has been per­form­ing. What I can tell you is that I do not like work­ing with peo­ple whoho are not hon­est.”

Le­hohla, a for­mer Likhopo star-player, er, said he took the job be­cause of his re­spec­tect for the late owner of the club, Bishop Mo­la­toli.

“I love Likhopo be­cause of the re­spect ti I have for the late owner of the club and al­solso the play­ers,” said Le­hohla.

“I re­spected my job and gave it my all, but what has hap­pened to me is a re­flec-ec- tion of how things are be­ing done as far as foot­ball is con­cerned in our country.

“This is the same rea­son why our foot­ball con­tin­ues to strug­gle be­cause peo­ple abuse power and lack hon­esty.

“I’m not say­ing I don’t make mis­takes or that I’m per­fect but this is the sad re­al­ity of our foot­ball. How­ever, the truth will come out one day and then the peo­ple will judge me and how Likhopo fared un­der my watch.”

Likhopo are sixth on the premier league ta­ble with five matches to play be­fore the sea­son comes to a close.

Fired Likhopo coach Sha­lane Le­hohla.

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