Seema on the mend

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MASERU — Former Likuena captain Lehlohonolo Seema says his rehabilitation from injury is on course and he is itching to be back on the field.
Seema has been blighted by injuries over the past two seasons and did not see any action for his South African side Orlando Pirates last season.
However in an exclusive interview with the Lesotho Times on Tuesday the Likuena international said things were better for him.
“It feels better now,” Seema said. “I’m still continuing with my rehab and at the moment everything is going well.”
Despite his optimism Seema said he would wait for the commencement of the pre-season training in the middle of July before he can be sure of the progress he has made.
And with his recovery in mind, the hard working player was also reserved regarding his future in international football.
Lesotho’s senior team is set to return to the international fold in November for the 2014 Fifa World Cup preliminary qualifiers.
Likuena is set to be built around the Under-20 side and Seema welcomed the move.
“The nucleus of the team will be young, which is good. I think it’s a good idea to groom those players,” Seema said.
On the club front there have been changes afoot as well at Pirates.
Pirates last season created history in South African football by becoming the first team to win a domestic treble since the introduction of the Premier League.
However, the Buccaneers then surprisingly parted ways with coach Ruud Krol and hired former Moroka Swallows and AmaZulu coach Brazilian Julio Leal.
Seema though was diplomatic.
“It’s a board thing, sometimes people want to leave on a high. Maybe the coach wanted to leave after he had won the treble,” Seema said, adding the squad was looking forward to working under Leal.
“Everybody is looking forward to working with him. We are all professionals and the players have to give their 100 percent,” he said.
“We have a challenging season ahead. We are going to be playing in the Champions League and domestically we are defending three titles.”
Asked about his contribution to Pirates’ success Seema said he wasn’t disappointed even though he couldn’t take part because of his injuries.
Seema has shone in South Africa’s football for over a decade since joining Bloemfontein Celtics from hometown team Bantu in 1998.
In 2005 he captained Celtics to their first cup win in 20 years before moving to Soweto giants Pirates in 2006.
Seema has made close to 200 league appearances in the Premier Soccer League but didn’t play at all for Pirates last season.
“It’s not a disappointment, it happens in football. I was happy that we finally managed to win the league after such a long time,” Seema said.
“It’s a team sport. There are players (in the team) that had never won any titles in their careers.”
“Look at Moneeb Josephs, he has been a top goalkeeper for a long time and played for the best teams but he had never won the league.
“I’m happy for him and I’m happy for the Orlando Pirates supporters that the team has created history,” he said.

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