Mokhothu steps down
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.