Berea (TNS) – Lioli assistant coach, Motebang Makhetha believes the newly signed players will add value to his side. Makhetha said this in an interview with Maseru Metro last week.
Tse Nala strengthened their team by bringing in six new faces in their camp, and three of those players are foreigners – Tebelo Mofokeng, Tshediso Mosikidi and Josef Lekata – from neighbouring South Africa.
Completing the list are locals – goalkeeper Tšilo Tšilo, defender Tseliso Ramathe, and midfielder; Nkopane Ntoi.
Talking about the signings, Makhetha said they would help his charges turn around their pursuit for the title in the EPL second round of the 2017/2018 season. Makhetha believes that the team has brought in some quality players.
“I think these players will give us what we missed for a long time, I am sure they will help us win matches convincingly.
“They come with a lot of experience. You see, we have brought in the top striker, Lekata, who played for South African teams such as Black Leopards and Polokwane City,” he said.
Makhetha also spoke highly about the other two foreign players. Mosikidi is the former African Wanderers and Carar Kicks player. On the other hand, the striker, Mofokeng plied his trade with teams such as Jomo Cosmos and Free State Stars.
The praises were not only directed to the internationals, but the locals were also rated highly by the Lioli mentor.
“I guess everyone knows what Tšilo can do between the goal posts. He has done wonders in the colours of Liphakoe, Sandawana, and Matlama, and that was enough for us to bring him into the team.
“As for Ntoi, I am sure he will give us a little bit of urgency on the left flank. He has got a lot of experience. He has played for Orlando Pirates junior team and I am certain that he will be important for the team.
“Ramathe is known for his hard tackling and game reading prowess. He has displayed his defensive capabilities during his hey days with A Division side, Qoalling highlanders and also continued to deliver at Matlama.”
Lioli are said to have brought these players so as to help them win the domestic league and also help the team campaign successfully in the CAF competitions.
Currently, Tse Nala is in third position, eight points adrift of log leaders, FC Bantu. On the flipside, the Teyateyaneng-based outfit off loaded seven players to make room for the incoming signings.
The released players include among others; veteran midfielder Motlalepula ‘the Z10’ Mofolo, Teboho ‘Skopi’ Lekhooa, Tankiso Tabi, Bafokeng ‘Gonzalez’ Mosala, Junior Maba, Mohau Koenane, and Richard Umbush.
However, the team revealed that Mofolo decided to retire due to injury, and all other players with the exception of Maba and Umbush were signed by other teams on a loan spell.