Former Rovers coach joins Lioli

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MASERU — Former Rovers coach Thabo Thite has joined Lioli as the club’s assistant coach.

Tse Nala’s technical team was depleted last month when their coach Mosholi “Shoes” Mokhothu left to join LCS at the end of a two-year agreement.

Mokhothu’s assistant, Halemakale Mahlaha, was subsequently promoted to the position of head coach.

Thite resigned as Rovers coach a fortnight ago as the squabbles at the National University of Lesotho side reached boiling point.

He had taken charge of Rovers in January but he failed to save the side from relegation.

Thite is expected to sit on Lioli’s bench when they play LMPS on Sunday.

“Mr Thabo Lerotholi Thite is appointed to the office of first assistant coach,” Lioli announced in a press statement yesterday.

“Mr Thite who previously coached Rovers FC assumes office with immediate effect.

“He holds FA Level 1 and Germany Level 3.”

Veteran player Thabile Secker has been named Lioli’s second assistant coach.

“Mr Thabile Secker is appointed to the office of second assistant coach,” the club said.

“Mr Secker has been a senior player of Lioli FC and will serve as player/coach.”

Lioli have made an unspectacular start to the Vodacom Premier League season and last Saturday they suffered their first defeat to LDF in two years, losing 2-1.

Tse Nala had won their opening game against newly promoted Mabeoana 2-0.

Lioli’s communications and marketing manager Moeketsi Pitso said Thite would strengthen their technical team.

“We want him to come help Ntate Mahlaha. He comes from countries like Germany and when Bantu was down, he played a huge part to get them where they are now,” Pitso tld the Lesotho Times yesterday.

“When you looked at Rovers in the off-season you saw a team that was going somewhere.”

Meanwhile Ntebele Taole last week returned to steady the ship at champions Matlama.

Taole spent several weeks in limbo after he was suspended by the club but he returned to training last Monday after he received a letter for him to return.

In his absence Tse Putsoa lost their opening league game 1-0 against Lerotholi.

However Matlama bounced back to beat Mphatlalatsane, a side they hadn’t beaten since November 2007, 3-2 on Sunday in Taole’s first game back.

This Saturday Tse Putsoa play new-boys Maduma, who have won one and drawn their opening two games, at the Bambatha Tšita Sports Arena.

Tse Putsoa will be without Litšepe Marabe, Tšoanelo Koetle, Mohau Khali and Tau Qobose who are with the national Under-20 side which plays Kenya on Saturday.

“I’m not worried (by their absence); there are 25 registered Matlama players. I might even pick some that you don’t know,” Taole said when asked about his side’s prospects against Maduma.

 “I’m expecting a tough game. I fear those small teams, they play a mix-match type of football and they don’t allow you to play the football that you are accustomed to.”

Matlama will take part in the Top Four Finals which the Lesotho Times has learnt has finally found a sponsor.

The development was confirmed by the Premier League’s communications and marketing manager Lehlohonolo Matlosa although he said he could not disclose any details.

“We have found a sponsor for the Top Four and we will unveil it on Friday,” Matlosa said.

“We can’t disclose (any details), the sponsor said we should wait for the launch.”

The Top Four Finals, to be played on October 2, 3 and 4, is Lesotho’s oldest cup competition and was played to mark Lesotho’s Independence Day celebrations on October 4.

The tourney was then known as the Independence Cup.

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