US schol­ar­ships for Kick­4life duo

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

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.

‘Mako Makoanyane

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