LCS courts Male­fane

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

PRE­MIER league side LCS have ex­pressed in­ter­est in sign­ing Likuena and Bantu mid­fielder, Sepir­iti Male­fane, who has been at the Mafeteng-based side for the last two sea­sons.

The util­ity player, who can also play as a de­fender, was re­cently spot­ted train­ing with the cor­rec­tional ser­vice side, al­though there are no trans­fer ne­go­ti­a­tions as yet.

LCS sec­re­tary, Makoanyane Letsie, this week con­firmed the in­ter­est to the Le­sotho Times say­ing Male­fane was one of their tar­gets as they work to­wards bol­ster­ing the squad ahead of the new sea­son.

“We want to beef-up our team for the new sea­son, and our tech­ni­cal team is keen on Male­fane pro­vided he is avail­able,” he said.

“We are still map­ping a way for­ward for the new sea­son and yet to fi­nalise the list of our tar­get play­ers.”

Letsie said LCS were also hunt­ing for a striker after strug­gling for goals in the pre­vi­ous cam­paign in which they fin­ished the Vo­da­com Pre­mier League sea­son in third po­si­tion.

“We are on the look­out for a num­ber of play­ers, and the coach has given us his wish list,” said the LCS sec­re­tary.

“One of his re­quests is for an ac­qui­si­tion in the strik­ing de­part­ment, so we are look­ing for such a player ahead of the new sea­son.

“We are al­ready as­sess­ing a num­ber of play­ers in­clud­ing one from Zim­babwe, but only time will tell if he has the at­tributes we want.”

Letsie said they were also draw­ing play­ers from the team’s re­serve team.

“The coach has pro­moted a few young­sters from our de­vel­op­ment side, and they will be given con­tracts to play for the se­nior team.”

He said vet­eran de­fender Moitheri Ntobo would con­tinue to play for the club in the new sea­son de­spite ru­mours that he was hang­ing up his boots. The 37-year old for­mer Likuena cap­tain was on the bench for most of last sea­son’s sec­ond round.

How­ever, Letsie said Ntobo and con­tro­ver­sial play­maker Ralekoti Mokhahlane were still in the LCS tech­ni­cal team’s plans.

“Ntobo re­turned for pre-sea­son train­ing with the rest of the play­ers, and will be reg­is­tered for the new sea­son,” he said.

“As for Mokhahlane, we will soon fi­nalise his is­sue since he was sus­pended by the club last sea­son. A num­ber of clubs have writ­ten to us ex­press­ing in­ter­est in sign­ing him for the new sea­son. How­ever, at this stage, we want to keep all our play­ers.”

For his part, Bantu Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mar­ket­ing Man­ager, Mot­latsi Mo­fo­keng, said Male­fane was yet to show up for pre-sea­son train­ing.

“Male­fane was ex­pected to re­turn for train­ing on Mon­day, but was nowhere to be seen un­til we heard ru­mours that he was train­ing with one of our ri­vals,” Mo­fo­keng said.

“What we will not do is to stand in his way if there are of­fers for his ser­vices. How­ever, he still has a con­tract that binds him with us, so we will wait for him or any team that is in­ter­ested.”

Bantu mid­fielder Sepir­iti Male­fane.

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