MASERU — Lioli have targeted the Nyenye Rovers duo of winger Montoeli Senopo and goalkeeper Baholo Sefatsa as the former league champions seek to strengthen the team ahead of the new season.
Besides the two Under-20 internationals, Lioli are also interested in acquiring the services of former LCS playmaker Ramashalane Taeli.
Lioli coach Mosholi Mokhothu told the Lesotho Times he was also looking at other possible signings.
“It looked like we were going to sign them, but their team showed that they were key players for them in building a new team,” Mokhothu said in reference to Senopo and Sefatsa.
“But we are still in talks.”
Mokhothu, who led Tse Nala to the Premier League title in his first season in charge last year, said Lesotho international Taeli would be a valuable addition to the team.
Taeli ended his four-year association with LCS at the beginning of the month saying he wanted to work in Thaba-Tseka.
However, this hasn’t stopped Lioli from chasing his signature.
“We have been in talks and it didn’t seem like there would be a big problem and things might turn out well,” Mokhothu said.
“He would be coming back home.”
Mokhothu said he was also looking to bolster Lioli’s strike force which last season only found the net 37 times in the league.
“There are a couple of players we are in negotiations with but I’m afraid I can’t say who we are targeting,” he said.
“What we are looking at is to have people competing for places in every department.
“At the back there was no competition last season.
“Apart from that we are looking at someone who will score goals for us.”
Lioli have announced plans to become the first club in the history of Lesotho football to offer their players contracts.
But only 25 will be contracted, meaning some players will have to be released to make way for new signings.
“The management wants the team to be made up of 25 players,” Mokhothu said.
“Our plan was to release six players but we will keep them if we aren’t able to get the players we want.”
Lioli finished last season second after surrendering the championship to Matlama.