Li­oli re­tain Mokhothu

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

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.”

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