Tšotleho opens Kick­ers ac­count

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

Amer­ica-based Jane ‘sunny’ Tšotleho on Sun­day scored his first goal for Rich­mond Kick­ers in the team’s 2-3 loss to Charlotte in­de­pen­dence.

The pow­er­ful for­ward moved to the sec­ond- tier side from an­other sec­ond divi­sion club Wilm­ing­ton Ham­mer­heads in Jan­uary this year af­ter go­ing to the United States in 2004 as a 13-year-old.

The 26-year-old also scored his first goal for the na­tional team last month in the 2-1 win over Sey­chelles at Set­soto sta­dium. This was Likuena’s first win of the 2017 Africa Cup of Na­tions (Af­con) qual­i­fiers af­ter pre­vi­ously los­ing 2-1 to Ethiopia, 3-1 against Al­ge­ria and 2-0 to Sey­chelles.

Mean­while, al­though Tšotleho joined Kick­ers in Jan­uary, their sea­son only started last month but the player missed his team’s two open­ing games while on na­tional duty.

Af­ter fail­ing to score in his two matches for Kick­ers, Tšotleho was on the score­sheet in the third game and the at­tack­ing mid­fielder is happy he is fi­nally off the mark.

“It was re­ally a good feel­ing to score my first goal for my new team and I hope it was the start of many more to come,” Tšotleho said.

“It looks like this is go­ing to be my year as I also scored my first goal for the na­tional team.

“The only sad part is we ended up los­ing the match 3-2 and it would have been sweeter if we had won the game.”

The Lithoteng-born player said he wants the 2015/16 cam­paign to be a spe­cial one for him and his team as he would want to win the cham­pi­onship.

“I have not fully set­tled at the club, but I think things are com­ing along very well. I just hope the sea­son ends well as my dream is to win the cham­pi­onship with the club,” said Tšotleho.

“I also want to give more to my coun­try es­pe­cially in next month’s match against Ethiopia.

“It has not been easy at all for me to leave my coun­try and fam­ily to be­gin a ca­reer in foot­ball here. That is why I have to work hard at all times so I can take care of my fam­ily back home and take my ca­reer to an­other level.”

Mean­while, na­tional team coach, Moses Maliehe, said he was happy to see Tšotleho im­prov­ing as he is an important mem­ber of his squad.

“It is good for him to con­tinue do­ing well be­cause he is at the peak of his ca­reer,” Maliehe said.

“You al­ways see his qual­ity when­ever he is with the na­tional team. I think play­ing at a higher level has helped him tech­ni­cally and tac­ti­cally.

“The one thing miss­ing in our game is for our play­ers to be ex­posed to in­ter­na­tional foot­ball so we can com­pete with the other coun­tries.”

Maliehe also said Tšotleho would be part of the team set to play Ethiopia and Al­ge­ria in June and Septem­ber re­spec­tively.

He also wants to take him to the re­gional Cosafa tour­na­ment later this year pro­vided Kick­ers re­lease him.

Jane ‘Sunny’ Tšotleho (right).

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