Kick4Life revolution continues

Kick4Life revolution continues

MASERU – The Kick4Life revolution continues.
One week after confirming Bob Mafoso as the club’s new coach, the Old Europa side continued their wheeling and dealing by adding two young talents in Tšeliso Botsane, from Econet Premier League counterparts Sefotha-fotha, and Paballo Mafika who has been signed from Butha-Buthe B-Division outfit Litšehlo.
The signings are part of a revamp at Kick4Life as the club simultaneously looks to get younger and challenge for silverware next season.

The capture of Lesotho Under-20 starlet Botsane in particular is a coup for Kick4Life.
Tracked by Premiership giants such as Bantu, Lioli and Matlama, Botsane is a highly-rated prospect and was one of last season’s breakout stars as he helped Sefotha-fotha survive their first-ever Econet Premier League campaign.

Last December, Botsane – who can play across all midfield positions – also helped the Makoanyane XI reach the final of the 2017 COSAFA Under-20 Championships before falling to South Africa.
Blessed with an impressive engine and eye for goal, Botsane has been knocking on the Likuena door in recent months and the move to Kick4Life could also boost his international prospects.
Mafika, meanwhile, is a tough tackling defender who will add an insurance policy for aging stars such as Likano Teele, Moruti Thamahane and Thabo Masualle.
Kick4Life director of football Chris Bullock said the club is delighted with the capture of the promising duo.

“We are happy to announce our new signings being Paballo Mafika and Tšeliso Botsane from Litšehlo and Sefotha-fotha (respectively),” Bullock said.
“We have been following their progress for a year now. We needed to reinforce defence and midfield.”
Bullock hinted at further signings as Kick4Life look to build around a solid team that is spearheaded by 2017/18 Econet Premier League golden boot winner Nkoto Masoabi.
“(Botsane and Mafika) are both coming to Kick4Life on two-year contracts,” Bullock said.

“We have other targets and we are expecting more players to join our team, but we are happy to have started with these two then others will follow as time goes.”
Bullock also touched on Mafoso’s elevation to the club’s head coach role.
Mafoso was originally hired early last month to become Leslie Notši’s assistant coach.

However, two weeks ago Notši was appointed as the Lesotho Football Association’s technical director.
At the time of Mafoso’s addition Kick4Life looked certain to challenge for the league title after the former Bantu assistant joined Notši to form a coaching dream team.
Kick4Life, of course, finished sixth last season after coming fourth in 2017 and many at the club see a window of opportunity for the club to kick on with a squad that may be a major signing or two away from being a genuine title contender.

Bullock, however, said he doesn’t want to put Mafoso under pressure.
“I don’t like setting mandates for coaches, to be honest,” he said.

“We can only sit down and talk a week prior to the start of the league season (at the end of August), not put pressure on the team,” Bullock added.
“We will review as time goes on because Mafoso still needs to feel comfortable. If need be then we will find him an assistant coach to help. I believe in not putting pressure on coaches. The support to the coach is still going to be the same, nothing has changed.”

For his part, Mafoso said he wants to make more additions to his squad.
“I am happy (with the squad) but we are still looking forward to filling certain positions where there is a need; we will make reinforcements, we will look to have one or two more players,” Mafoso said. “The squad that is here otherwise is very good and I am glad to have started with these two (Botsane and Mafika) and other players from last season.”

Nkheli Liphoto

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