Mokhothu steps down

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

MOSHOLU “Shoes” Mokhothu has stepped down as head coach of Li­oli, leav­ing the de­fend­ing premier league cham­pi­ons’ preparations for the new sea­son in dis­ar­ray.

An emo­tional Mokhothu told the Le­sotho Times on Tues­day he had to step aside be­cause of the new re­quire­ment for premier league coaches to have at least a B coach­ing li­cence.

“It is no se­cret the Le­sotho Football As­so­ci­a­tion (LEFA) and the Premier League have ef­fected a new re­quire­ment for a B coach­ing li­cence for coaches in the new sea­son,” he said.

“Un­for­tu­nately I don’t meet the re­quire­ment. There are also other per­sonal rea­sons for my step­ping down.”

Mokhothu said he had al­ready ex­pressed an in­ten­tion to re­lin­quish the post to Li­oli man­age­ment.

“I made a de­ci­sion to step down by the end of the 2015/16 sea­son. But the Li­oli man­age­ment per­suaded me to con­tinue af­ter lead­ing the club to its sec­ond league tro­phy in a row,” he said.

“My rea­sons for the de­ci­sion were that my sched­ule as the Li­oli i coach clashed with my job at the Le­sotho o Cor­rec­tional Ser­vice. Maybe, it would havee been bet­ter if I was coach­ing there.”

Mokhothu, who is among the most suc­cess­ful coaches in thehe coun­try with five league ti­tles, said he was un­able to at­tend the coach­ing course due to work com­mit­ments.

“The truth is LEFA made at­tempts to en­sure I at­tended the B li­cen­ce­i­cence coach­ing course, but un­for­tu­nately thatt did not hap­pen due to work com­mit­ments,” he said.

“My football du­ties con­tin­ued to clash with my work com­mit­ments, ts, and it gave the im­pres­sion I did not ca­ree about my work to my bosses.

“This is why I had too make this painful de­ci­sion in ad­di­tion to oth­erther per­sonal rea­sons.”

The football au­thor­i­ties,ri­ties, Mokhothu said, could have made the sit­u­a­tion it­u­a­tion ten­able by ex­tend­ing the dead­line for the new reg­u­la­tion.

“I feel LEFA should d have given us about three years be­fore the new coach­ing law was ap­plied.

“That would have been fair to most of us be­cause we can­not be ex­pected to at­tend a course at a week’s no­tice,” Mokhothu said, adding he was con­sid­er­ing tak­ing a dif­fer­ent man­age­rial po­si­tion at Tse Nala.

Com­ment­ing on the de­vel­op­ment yes­ter­day, Li­oli vice-pres­i­dent Mothoalo Mothoalo said they now had a “dilemma” with their tech­ni­cal depart­ment.

“In­deed, coach Mokhothu does not have a B li­cence which is the re­quire­ment to lead a premier league club. How­ever, we are wait­ing for the club pres­i­dent (Le­bo­hang Thotanyana) to re­turn from a trip abroad so we can find a so­lu­tion to the mat­ter,” he said.

Thotanyana who is also Min­ing min­is­ter went to Botswana on a work­ing trip.

“I can­not say for cer­tain what will hap­pen as far as our tech­ni­cal team is con­cerned. But I can as­sure you we will have an an­swer by Fri­day,” said Mothoalo.

Tse Nala are likely to ap­point their tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor and na­tional un­der-17 coach Hale­makale Mahlala as the re­place­ment for Mokhothu, who is likely to re­main with the team, al­beit in a dif­fer­ent role.

LI­OLI FC MOSHOLU “Shoes” Mokhothu.

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