Lioli complete Tale signing
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.
Striker thapelo tale.