By Mikia Kalati
MASERU — The Likuena duo of Thapelo Tale and Katleho Moleko will join Cape Town Santos after impressing during a two-week trial.
Moleko joins the team for a second spell having been with their youth team while Tale’s impressive performance during the recent Cosafa Cup caught the attention of a number of clubs on the continent including Santos.
DR Congo side TP Mazembe were also said to be among teams that were interested in taking a closer look at the player after he scored three goals in the Zambia tournament to finish as the second highest goal scorer.
Likuena coach, Leslie Notši, said he is happy that two more national team players will be joining Litšepe Marabe and Tšepo Lekhooana in the South African First Division league this season.
“I’m very happy that these players are finally getting recognition from outside the country,” Notši said.
“They have shown a lot of respect and commitment to the game and deserve to be playing in better leagues.”
The Likuena mentor said he is also happy that talented attacking midfielder Litšepe Marabe has finally joined United FC.
“I have been told that he has already started training with his new team and I’m very happy for him as it is also good for the national team,” said Notši.
The Likuena mentor also wished Bantu defender Thapelo Mokhehle luck as he undergoes trials with Maluti FET College ahead of the start of the new season.
Mokhehle has not been part of the Likuena team in recent months but Notši told this paper that the fullback very much remains part of the national team set-up.
Likhopo team manager, Qamako Mahao, also confirmed that their striker Thapelo Tale had impressed Santos during a two-week trial.
“We are very happy that they want to sign the player and we are just waiting for them to finalise the paper-work,” Mahao said.
This paper has been informed that the duo left for Cape Town on Tuesday to agree on personal terms and finalise little details on their contracts.
They have already passed medicals.
Moleko is not new to the South African shores. The talented dribbling wizard was in the youth structures of Orlando Pirates alongside the likes of Tefo Maipato, Dlomo Monaphathi, Neo Makama and Motlalepula Mofolo having attracted the Gauteng giants whilst playing for the Lesotho national Under-20 team some years ago.
He was also in the books of RC Athletico who play in the lower division in South Africa.
He recently had trials with KwaZulu-Natal giants, Amazulu, after impressing during a friendly match between Lesotho and South Africa.