Li­oli com­plete Tale sign­ing

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

VO­DA­COM Premier League cham­pi­ons Li­oli have com­pleted the sign­ing of for­mer Likuena striker Thapelo Tale whose con­tract with Likhopo ex­pired in the 2015/16 sea­son.

Tse Nala have also snapped up Setho Moshoeshoe, who is back in the coun­try af­ter years in the United States where he was on a study and foot­ball schol­ar­ship along­side the likes of Jane Tšotleho, Napo Mat­soso and Lepekola See­tane.

Li­oli pres­i­dent, Le­bo­hang Thotanyana, this week con­firmed the ar­rival of the duo.

“Tale and Moshoeshoe are good sign­ings for the club. It is im­por­tant for us to re­in­force our squad for the new sea­son as we have done in the past,” he said.

“I, how­ever, can­not re­veal the de­tails of their con­tracts at this stage. They will be com­mu­ni­cated at a later stage.”

Tale did not see a lot of game time at Likhopo this past sea­son af­ter fall­ing out with the club’s manage­ment for try­ing to force a move away from the Maseru-based side.

The for­mer Likuena striker had been spot­ted train­ing and play­ing in Bantu pre-sea­son games be­fore the start of the 2015/16 sea­son. How­ever, af­ter a move to Mafeteng failed to ma­te­ri­alise, Tale went on a self-im­posed foot­ball ex­ile, only to emerge in the sec­ond round of the pre­vi­ous cam­paign.

He played a few games for Likhopo to see out his con­tract at the club, but did not make much of an im­pact as the Red Army fin­ished the cam­paign in sixth place.

Thotanyana also con­firmed the suspension of strik­ing duo Tšepo Lekhooana and Nkoto Ma­soabi for go­ing AWOL.

The Li­oli boss, how­ever, de­nied the ac­qui­si­tion of Tale was meant to re­place the sus­pended duo who are re­port­edly look­ing to exit the Tey­ateya­neng-based club.

“Since Lekhooana and Ma­soabi are sus­pended pend­ing a hear­ing, there is a gap in the strik­ing de­part­ment. But that does not nec­es­sar­ily mean they are leav­ing the club,” Thotanyana said, adding an of­fer had been made for their ser­vices.

“There is a team that has writ­ten to us in­quir­ing about ac­quir­ing them. How­ever, noth­ing can been fi­nalised un­til they ap­pear be­fore a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing since they have con­tracts that bind them to Li­oli.”

He said the two ac­qui­si­tions would add depth to the squad as Tse Nala hope to clinch a third league ti­tle in a row and to fare bet­ter in the African cham­pi­ons league com­pared to last sea­son.

Last sea­son, Li­oli was elim­i­nated in the pre­lim­i­nary round of the con­ti­nen­tal club com­pe­ti­tion by Vi­tal’ô Foot­ball Club of Bu­rundi.

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