Likhopo coach resigns

Likhopo coach resigns

Luciah Phahla

Maseru – Former Lesotho international Tšepo Hlojeng has resigned as Likhopo head coach after a string of bad results.

Likhopo general manager Qamako Mahao confirmed the development yesterday.

Mahao said Hlojeng quit while management was waiting for him to provide a report on the cause of Likhopo’s poor results.

Hlojeng leaves the ‘Red Army’ in the Vodacom Premier League’s relegation zone with just one win from eight games.

Mahao, however, said the team’s displays were not bad as their results suggest. He added there was no problem between Hlojeng and management.

Hlojeng took over in August to replace Shalane Lehohla who was shown the door in April. However, he only managed to guide Likhopo to one win, a 2-1 victory over bottom side Butha-Buthe Warriors.

The disastrous start to the season sees the 2005 and 2006 champions sitting second from bottom in the league.

Last Saturday, Sundawana piled further misery on Likhopo beating Hlojeng’s side 2-0, a result that prompted the coach to step down.

“The coach just resigned because the results were not coming,” Mahao told thepost.

“It’s a pity he resigned because we were still waiting for him to give us a report of what is going on because he did not have a problem with the management or the players. The performance on the field was satisfying but the results were just not coming. However, I still hope he will give us the report,” he added.

Mahao, however, claimed Hlojeng’s resignation will not affect the players going forward because they were already questioning his capabilities as a coach.

“I don’t think it will affect them because the players were starting to question his tactics, so I don’t think this will affect them,” he said.

Mahao also confirmed Tšeliso Mofolo and Lefoka Adoro will step in as caretaker coaches until a decision has been made on who will take over on a permanent basis.

Likhopo host Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) on Sunday at LCS Grounds.

Hlojeng at Likhopo:

August 27 – Kick4Life 2-0 Likhopo

September 10 – Likhopo 0-1 Bantu

September 17 – LMPS 1-0 Likhopo

September 25 – Likhopo 1-1 Liphakoe

October 2 – Butha-Buthe Warriors 1-2 Likhopo

October 8 – LDF 1-0 Likhopo

October 15 – Likhopo 0-1 Matlama

October 29 – Sundawana 2-0 Likhopo

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