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Lebohang Thotanyana

Lioli unveil new signings

Mikia Kalati

LIOLI FC this week unveiled nine new signings with the club revealing that they are competing to reclaim the league title from Bantu in the 2018/19 season.

The team also unveiled the newly appointed technical team headed by Lehlohonolo Thotanyana and assisted by Mosholu ‘Shoes’ Mokhothu.

Lioli president Lebohang Thotanyana told the media at the unveiling that they will be playing to bring back the glory days at the club in the new season that starts on the 15th of this month.

He said they had to dig deep to acquire the services of Lebohang Thotanyana who quit his position as the Lesotho Football Association (LeFA) to return to Tse Nala.

“I know that all eyes have been on the team after we decided to overhaul the squad at the end of last season releasing a lot of players,” Thotanyana said.

“We changed what, for a long time, was known as the core of our team. This is a group that had played together for a long time and had formed a solid bond so it was not easy to make those changes.”

Thotanyana admitted that last season they made a mistake not to reinforce their squad which led to a disastrous campaign where they changed coaches thrice.

Tse Nala started the season with Halemakale Mahlaha but he was sacked in the early stages of the season and replaced by his then assistant Motebang Makhetha.

Makhetha also did not last long on the job as the club appointed Morena Ramorebodi from South Africa. Ramorebodi also struggled to get their campaign back on track leading to the first trophy less season in over five years.

“We made it clear at the end of the previous season that the club will be making a lot of changes within the team.

“Over hundred players that turned up for our trails and were assessed by our technical team. In the end we signed about only ten of them that we are presenting to the media today.

“That tells you that we are rebuilding the team and to ensure that we become competitive, we did not just take every available player but those who met our criteria.

“It was a very short process but also a lot of work and I am grateful to the coaches for the hard work,” Thotanyana said.

Thotanyana said his side held a workshop on Sunday which also served as the induction for new players.

“The workshop was for management, the technical team and the players. We shared the club’s targets and the club’s code of conduct and policy.

“We ended by having one-on-one sessions with each of the players. The mandate for the coaches was simple as we told them to build a team that can compete, not one that will just reach finals but win trophies.

“The management did not make it a secret that we want the league title more than anything because we are very thirsty for it.

“We believe that the team which we have will give us a successful season and we have confidence in our new signings. We also have confidence in our technical team,” Thotanyana said.

The nine new players are Gabonese international Stephanie Beyong and South African trio of Lebohang Shelleng, Paseka Khang and Diutlweleng Boikanyo while Teboho Ntlama, Hopolang Mohlalefi, Mokoena Monese and Thabiso Mahola are the local players.

 

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