Sad day for our foot­ball

Sunday Express - - SPORT -

ThE foot­ball fra­ter­nity has suf­fered yet an­other blow fol­low­ing last Sun­day’s hor­rific in­jury to na­tional team and Li­oli striker Tšepo Lekhooana.

The pro­lific hit­man broke his leg dur­ing his side’s thrilling league match against archri­vals Mat­lama at Set­soto Sta­dium, which ended 1-1.

Lekhooana col­lided with Mat­lama goal­keeper, Makhetha Thakeli, in the dy­ing min­utes of the match, and we are told he would be out for a long time.

There is no doubt Lekhooana’s eight goals this sea­son have helped Li­oli claim pole po­si­tion on the 14-team pre­mier league ta­ble with six matches to go, and Tse Nala could pay dearly for his ab­sence, as sec­ond-placed Bantu are just seven points be­hind.

Since join­ing the Tey­ateya­neng-based out­fit from South African First Di­vi­sion side Ma­luti FET Col­lege in 2013/14, the striker had fi­nally found his groove this term, af­ter strug­gling a bit in his de­but sea­son.

Last Sun­day, the lanky striker was at the top of his game, and it was such a pity to see him be­ing taken to hos­pi­tal writhing in pain fol­low­ing the ac­ci­den­tal clash with Thakeli.

The fact that Lekhooana had scored three goals in Li­oli’s last three matches against Lik­ila United, Qoal­ing high­landers and LMPS be­fore the Mat­lama tie was tes­ti­mony of his form, and like i said, his value to the 2012/13 league cham­pi­ons could not be over­stated.

Yet Li­oli are not the only losers in the player’s in­jury as Lekhooana was also a mem­ber of the na­tional team, Likuena. There is no doubt Likuena coach, Seep­hephe Matete, is hav­ing a headache fol­low­ing the tal­ented player’s in­jury as the striker was surely go­ing to be part of the na­tional team, which has such a hec­tic sched­ule this year.

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