Lioli retain Mokhothu
Lioli president Lebohang Thotanyana is confident the club would retain Mosholu ‘Shoes’ Mokhothu as their coach next season.
The 43-year-old is now out of contract after leading Tse Nala to the 2015/16 premier league title.
This was the second consecutive title for Lioli and Mokhothu, who also won the championship with Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) in 2011/12 and 2012/13.
He had clinched his first league title with Lioli in 2008/09.
Speculation has been rife that next season, Mokhothu would be joining LCS, where he is employed.
But according to Thotanyana, Lioli were hoping to continue with Mokhothu next season and would only lose Mokhothu “if circumstances are beyond our control”.
“Our plan is to keep Ntate Mokhothu as our coach and we have already started talks with him for a new contract,” Thotanyana said.
“I am not aware of any interest in him from LCS as he has not said anything to us about another team.
“We are happy with his contribution to our club and like I said, the plan is to retain his services next season.
“The only way he can leave is if circumstances are beyond our control,” Thotanyana said.
Thotanyana, who is also the Minister of Mining, further said the reason for retaining Mokhothu was to ensure continuity at the club.
“We want longevity for the club and our contract for him will be for two or three years,” said Thotanyana.
He also revealed that the club would not be making wholesale changes to their titlewinning squad.
“Obviously, football needs a bit of touchups going into a new season and we will look at those departments which need to be reinforced, but we will keep the core of the team,” he said.
On his part, Mokhothu, who won the league title as a player with in 1998 and 1999 with LCS, said he had not been approached by his former club for yet another reunion.
“I have only held talks with Lioli management about a new contract although I’m yet to put pen to paper,” Mokhothu said.
“I want to believe they are finalising the document because we have agreed about everything that needed to be settled and what is only left is for met to sign the contract.”