MASERU — LCS coach Mafa Ramakau is in hospital, throwing into disarray the prisons side’s surge for a top-four Vodacom Premier League finish.
Ramakau, popularly known as Ribbo, was in a critical condition when he was admitted at the Makoanyane Military Hospital last Thursday.
The previous day he had only complained about a flu bout, according to LCS public relations officer Moseme Moseme.
Masheshena, who struggled to hold training sessions this week, will be away to Joy in Hlotse without their coach.
Ramakau yesterday told the Lesotho Times from his hospital bed that he was not sure yet what he was suffering from.
He said doctors would only complete their diagnosis after examining the chest X-ray scans done yesterday.
Ramakau has been on intravenous drips since his admission to the hospital.
“Ntate Ribbo was admitted at the Makoanyane hospital last Thursday after he informed us that he could not attend the (training) session on Wednesday,” Moseme said.
“He was in a very critical condition because he has been on drips since the day he was admitted until (Tuesday).”
“He first complained about flu on Wednesday before being admitted the following day,” Moseme added.
“Our team doctor here even gave him some tablets but when he called him on Thursday, Ntate Ribbo told him that he was in hospital.”
Ramakau yesterday said he was, however, feeling better.
“I am still in hospital but I am feeling much better today as compared to the last days that I’ve been here,” he said when the Lesotho Times phoned him.
“I am not able to tell you what I am suffering from now,” he added.
“I will only know after the X-ray results are out.”
Although Masheshena, without their coach, thrashed LMPS 4-1 last Sunday their preparations for this weekend’s assignment have been somehow chaotic.
Ramakau, who was named LCS coach in January, does not have an assistant.
Moseme said Ramakau’s absence was a major blow to the team’s aspirations to finish the season among the top four sides.
LCS, after 21 games, lie sixth on the latest standing with 34 points — 12 adrift of pacesetters Matlama.
“His absence has had a negative impact on our team even though we won our match last weekend,” Moseme said.
He said because Ramakau did not have an assistant, the team had found it difficult to run training sessions this week.
“The impact of his absence has been negative because Ntate Ribbo does not have an assistant,” Moseme said.
“So we were finding it difficult to cope with training sessions.”
Moseme said they had appointed a three-man technical team to take charge in the meantime.
“Liphapang Motanga, Sitwell Moteea and Ramohai Nts’asa are now in charge of the team’s training sessions,” he said.
Motanga is the team doctor, Moteea the captain and Nts’asa the physiotherapist.
Ramakau started his coaching career in 1979 with LDF.
He also had a stint with the national team.
LCS in January then poached Ramakau from first division side Mabeoana after Masheshena had endured a bad start to the season.
The correctional services side have an outside chance of reclaiming the league title which they last won in 2008.