Crunch talks for un­set­tled Li­oli duo

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

LI­OLI pres­i­dent Le­bo­hang Thotanyana says the league cham­pi­ons will hold crunch talks with the un­set­tled duo of Nkoto Ma­soabi and Tšepo Lekhooane fol­low­ing re­ports they wanted to leave the club.

Thotanyana told the Le­sotho Times this week they had al­lowed Lekhooana to un­dergo tri­als in South Africa, adding they would hold a meet­ing with the striker fol­low­ing his re­turn on his fu­ture.he also said winger Lekhanya Lekhanya had since re­solved his is­sues with the club hav­ing also been re­port­edly keen to leave Tse Nala af­ter help­ing the Tey­ateya­neng-based side win back to back league ti­tles over the last two sea­sons.

“I think there was a lot of con­fu­sion and mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween the club and these play­ers. But we have been talk­ing to them to find a way for­ward,” Thotanyana said.

“I am con­fi­dent they will re­main with us once we sit down and dis­cuss ev­ery­thing. As for Lekhanya, he is back and train­ing with his team­mates af­ter we met and talked.”

The Li­oli boss also re­vealed Ma­soabi had writ­ten a trans­fer re­quest to the club cit­ing the need to get more ex­po­sure and reg­u­lar play­ing time. The striker was in and out of Tse Nala’s start­ing line-up dur­ing the pre­vi­ous cam­paign.

“Ma­soabi wrote to us re­quest­ing to go to an­other club to get more ex­po­sure,” said Thotanyana.

“How­ever, we are go­ing to have a meet­ing with him and ev­ery­thing will be de­cided once we have talked. The bot­tom line is these play­ers are still con­tracted to Li­oli.

“It is not un­usual for us to hear re­ports of our play­ers want­ing to leave for other teams at this stage. How­ever, I have been in football ad­min­is­tra­tion for a long time, and know how to han­dle these kinds of is­sues.”

He said the club was re­new­ing play­ers’ con­tracts near­ing ex­piry.

“We have a num­ber of play­ers whose con­tracts are up, es­pe­cially those in the em­ploy of the team since 2010 such as Mon­toeli Sonopo, Mot­lalepula Mo­folo and Sheli Ramooseka. We are in the process of re­new­ing them,” Thotanyana said.

“There are also some play­ers who have been with the team since 2013 like Jerry Kamele. We are still in the mid­dle of ne­go­ti­a­tions with them over the club’s new in­cen­tive struc­ture which we will soon re­veal.”

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