US scholarships for Kick4life duo
Kick4life left-back Lesia Thetsane (19) and winger ‘Mako Makoanyane (19) have been awarded two-year scholarships to study and play football at State fair community college in the United States.
The players leave the country in August, according to Kick4life Director of football, chris Bullock.
“The scholarships came through a friend of mine, Jan Pruijn, who was head of technical affairs at Ajax cape Town football club in South Africa a few years ago,” Bullock said this week.
“everything fell in place when we met for dinner last christmas in Germany and we discussed this opportunity for our players.
“That’s when i was put in touch with the coach who is also a teacher at State fair community college. This is where the partnership started and we hope it will continue for the benefit of the players.”
Bullock said Kick4life officials are happy that two of their best players have been handed such a big opportunity.
He also expressed confidence that the duo would succeed in America and end up playing for top teams in the US and eventually the national team just like Jane ‘Sunny Tšotleho.
Tšotleho left eft the country for the US as a 13-year-old and has since become a member of Likuena.
“Yes, obviouslyously this is a good feeling when your players get opportunities to go on to bigger things.
“it is what t we are about at Kick4life,” said Bullock.
“The boys s will be there initially for r two years studying while playing football with ith the school team. .
“They are both good ood players and i really thinknk Thetsane, in particular can go and play at a decent level.. Why he is not in the senior national team, i have no idea.”
Makoanyane nyane completed his cosc studies dies at Lesotho High gh while Thetsane is at Machabeng college. The two are members of the national under-20 side. Meanwhile, Bullock also revealed Kick4life have signed a two-year contract with coach Leslie Notši, who joined the team in November last year on a six-month deal. But after leading the team to sixth position at the end of the campaign, Notši ha has been rewarded with a long-term contract. Kick4life ended the 2014/15 season in 10th position on the 14-team premier league table. “We have already agreed a two-year contract with Notši and we are looking forward to working longer to together,” said Bullock. “every year, we want to make progress as a club both on a and off the field and in my three seasons h here, we have managed to do just that. “We were promote promoted to the premier league the year we bough bought the team; we did not get relegated that y year and the following season, we finished among the top-eight teams, which is rea real progress. “Next season, we hope to improve again, but will only set targets once we finish with our player-recruitment.”pla Bullo Bullock also said the team woul would continue with the ph philosophy of developin ing young talent and promoting those with potential to their senior t team.
Lesia Thetsane (left) receives the Players’ Player of the season award from Kick4life Director of Football Chris Bullock last saturday.