MASERU — Lioli outcasts Mohapi Ntobo and Brown Makobe have found a new home at Bantu after the two Vodacom Premier League sides sealed a player exchange deal last week.
Teboho Nthako goes the other way.
The exchange deal was confirmed by both clubs this week.
Ntobo and Makobe’s careers had been left in limbo after Lioli kicked out the two defenders in November over disciplinary problems.
They were transfer-listed together with Sello ‘Muso and Baholo Sefatsa.
Bantu president Leuta Leuta said A Matš Matebele were happy with the deal that is set to bolster their defence.
“It is true that we have signed the two Lioli players in exchange for Teboho Nthako,” he told the Lesotho Times this week.
“We had problems at the back and wanted to strengthen our defence.”
Ntobo and Makobe were introduced to A Matš Matebele fans on Sunday at a club meeting with supporters.
Leuta said Bantu had also signed Swallows striker Tsabana Mosebi to replace Nthako.
Lioli public relations officer Moeketsi Pitso also confirmed the exchange deal.
“We needed a man of the calibre of Teboho Nthako and we traded Mohapi Ntobo and Brown Makobe for him,” he said.
“Bantu management had interest as well in these two players and our agreement was sealed.”
Pitso said Nthako started training with the team last Wednesday and the two were on the bench for Lioli’s league match against Lerotholi Polytechnic on Sunday.
“We sat down and realised that Lioli had everything as a team but we did not have finishing touches upfront,” he said.
“We then knew that Teboho was the man for this job because he is a scoring machine by nature.”
The future of Lioli’s two other outcasts is however still uncertain.
‘Muso’s intended move to Joy collapsed after the club found the M10 000 fee wanted for the player’s signature unaffordable.
Sefatsa might however remain at Lioli if his apology is accepted at the club management’s meeting today.