Kamela joins Kick4Life

Kamela joins Kick4Life

Luciah Phahla

Maseru – Khubetsoana Kamela says he wants to win the Vodacom Premier League with Kick4Life after completing a surprise move from Linare.

Kamela was unveiled as Kick4Life’s latest signing on Monday and has joined on a two and a half year contract.
The Lesotho youth international joins Kick4Life with the club firmly in the title picture.

Leslie Notši’s charges are one point behind league leaders Bantu and are four months away from possibly achieving a historic feat. An excited Kamela said he joined Kick4Life to win silverware and he believes the club has a real chance of lifting the league title.

“I want to win the league and I think we can win the title this season,” he said.

“I have seen the type of players we have. I can’t promise the league but it is something we are looking forward to (achieving).” Kamela will certainly bring a much needed boost to the team’s creativity.

Despite their impressive third position on the log, Kick4Life’s offence stagnated in the final weeks of the first round.
Kick4Life only won two of their last five matches and their diminished firepower was evidenced by their tally of six goals in those games.

In comparison, Kick4Life scored 18 times in their first eight outings.
Kick4Life’s last five matches:
05/11/16: Rovers 0-2 Kick4Life
12/11/16: Kick4Life 1-4 Lioli
19/11/16: Kick4Life 1-0 LDF
26/11/16: Matlama 1-1 Kick4Life
03/12/16: Kick4Life 1-2 LMPS

The club, therefore, hopes Kamela’s pace and trickery will lead to better service for striker Thabiso Brown who banged in eight goals in his opening nine games but is without a goal in the last four.

Kick4Life have struggled to find a consistent threat down the flanks since winger ‘Mako Makoanyane left for the United States in September and Notši often complained his side did not score enough goals towards the end of 2016.

Kamela said he turned down offers from several premier league teams in favour of a move to Kick4Life.
“I came here because the style of play suits me and I love the club. I want to be where I am happy and I am looking forward to contributing to the team going forward,” he said.
Kamela is the latest talent to join the revolution at Kick4Life who were promoted to the top-flight just three years ago and are now in the championship race.

In the first round Kick4Life added several Lesotho internationals including former Likhopo lynchpin Bokang Mothoana and Lioli hitman Nkoto Masoabi.
Kamela is seen as one of Lesotho’s brightest young talents.
He was nominated for the Vodacom Premier League young player of the year last season and was part of the national Under-20 side that reached the final round of CAF African Youth Championship qualifying last year.

Kamela said joining Kick4Life will only improve his game.
“I am not going to say much about Linare right now, but the experience I gained from the youth championship helped me a lot,” he said.

“Now I can be a team player. At Linare the pressure was on me, I was more of an individual player. I think and hope my addition to (Kick4Life) will help and I am ready to work hard.”
Kick4Life have three winnable games to begin the second round starting with Saturday’s date against bottom team Butha-Buthe Warriors which is likely to be Kamela’s debut.
On paper it is a chance for Kick4Life to pick up points and perhaps leapfrog Bantu and Lioli before the Lesotho National Insurance Group Top 8 kicks off at the start of February.

Kick4Life’s next three league games:
14/02/17: Butha-Buthe Warriors vs. Kick4Life
21/01/17: Kick4Life vs. Sundawana
28/01/17: Likhopo vs. Kick4Life

Kick4Life coach Notši heaped praises on Kamela but said he does not want to put him under pressure

He also highlighted the importance of having young players in the squad saying they will come in handy when injuries and suspensions arise in what he anticipates to be a difficult second round of the season.

“We are still in the process of building the team and it will be hard for me to say how many players will be coming in as it is difficult to sign players at this time. But, yes, we are looking for one or two more players to add,” Notši added.

He continued: “We are enjoying the moment. We are enjoying the position we are in while also trying to be competitive and secure maximum points.

“I believe Khubetsoana being part of our team will add value. He is still young (so) no pressure on him. He will still learn the ropes and we are looking forward to a good future with him. The sky is the limit.” Kick4Life’s director of football, Chris Bullock, echoed Notši’s words.

“Khubetsoana fits into our system. He fits into what we are all about and trying to do here at Kick4Life which is to build a club for the future, a club that can stay for years to come,” Bullock said.

“We are not trying to win the league,” he added.
“We are building the team slowly. There will be a couple of players going out on loan to get game-time. We will announce as time goes on.”

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