End of era
Likhopo have parted ways ys with starplayers Bokang ‘Lefty’ Mothoana thoana , Tefo ‘Chico’ Maipato, Sefoli Ntoi and Nyakhane Nyakhane.
The midfielders received d letters this week informing them theireir contracts would not be renewed for the e 2016/17 season.
The quartet came through the club’s development ranks and their departureeparture fromm the 2004/5 and 2005/6 league ue champions s marks the end of an era.
Likhopo manager Qamako o Mahao yesyes s terday confirmed the departure ure of the four senior players, saying it made business sense to let them go as age was catching g up with them.
“it is true that we have decided to reree lease them from the team; their heir contracts will not be renewed and as we speak, we have written to all four of f them given n them such notification. Thereere is nothingg new here; teams always signgn and offloadd players. it’s normal and alsoo makes busi busii ness sense because age is catchingtching up with all of them and they couldn’t t even last the full 90 minutes of the matchh last season, season,” Mahao said.
“When a contract is over, itt is over. Theyy They have their clearances with them as wee we speak and are free to join anyy team of theirr their choice. it must be clear that we didn’t terr terminate their contracts but ratherather decided not to renew them as they haveave ended.”
Mahao further said by letting ting the playplayyers leave, the club was openinging opportunii- opportunities for youngsters.
“As a team, we have been known for proo ducing good, young players so by keeping ageing players, we will be compromisingg the team’s future. There is nothing to worrry about here; we are still going to producee more of the same quality,” he said.
Ntoi yesterday admitted getting the lett ter from Likhopo but said he was not ready to talk about the issue.
“i received that letter and my clearancee but there is so much happening there thatt i won’t get into the details, at least not forr now,” Ntoi said.
Mothoana, who played for six years inn Tunisia with Union Sportive Monastiriienne before injury and the club’s lack of funding saw him return home in 3, 2013, also confirmed getting the letterg releasing him form the team.
“i only have a letter notifying me that i am released from the team but i am stillll waiting for my clearance,” he said.
Repeated attempts to talk to Nyakhanee and Maipato about the issue were fruittless yesterday. t - g - d - h - - -
Sefoli ntoi. nyakhane nyakhane. Bokang ‘Lefty’ Mothoana. Tefo ‘Chico’ Maipato.