Knee injury ends Lefty’s season

Knee injury ends Lefty’s season

MASERU – Kick4Life ace Bokang Mothoana says he is heartbroken his season has been ended prematurely by a knee injury while his side is fighting for a top four finish in the Econet Premier League.
Lefty, as Mothoana is affectionately known, will undergo surgery on his right knee next month which will rule him out for the remainder of the 2018/19 Econet Premier League season.

The experienced Lesotho international is expected to be ready when the new campaign starts in August.
However, Mothoana said he is disappointed to have his momentum disrupted by this latest setback.
The versatile midfielder, who only returned in January from another lengthy injury layoff, said having to watch from the sidelines again is not going to be easy.

“I originally picked up the injury to my right knee while I was with the national team (last year). I went for an operation but I got injured on the knee again and I will have to stay off the pitch.
“I will be going for surgery next month and it is sad that I will not play (again) this season but it is all about a mental strength so that I can get back to the game after recovering,” Mothoana told thepost on Tuesday.
“The injury is going to affect my momentum as well because I am surely going to stay out of the pitch for weeks or even months, but will I start step by step after recovering,” he added.
Sixth-placed Kick4Life will begin life without Mothoana’s services when they travel to face second-placed Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) on Saturday at LCS Ground.

The pivotal game in Kick4Life’s top four race hopes comes after a two-week international break and head coach Bob Mafoso admitted his charges were in dire need of a rest and are now raring to get back on the pitch.
Before the international break Kick4Life found themselves mired in a disappointing three-game losing streak and Mafoso said the time away gave his side a chance to recover and refocus as the season enters its business end.
“In most cases when you do not get the results you are expecting you end up in dire need of a break because we went to the break with three consecutive losses,” Mafoso said on Tuesday.

“The break gave us a chance to rest because we have been using the same squad since we started (the season) but we are actually ready for our next game against LCS. It will not be easy because we have been playing tough teams (that are) at the top of the log lately, but we are preparing ourselves,” he said.
Besides Mothoana, Mafoso confirmed two more key players – defender Monne Pitso and striker Tšiu Moorosi – will not be available for Saturday’s showdown against ‘Masheshena’ who still have a shot of claiming the Econet Premier League title.

Kick4Life will also be looking to turn the tables on LCS’s 4-0 victory when the sides met in the first round Eof the season.
A win would also give Kick4Life the opportunity to end the weekend level on points with fourth-placed Lioli with just five matches to go in the season.
“We are going to play a team that might win the championship while we are not stable,” Mafoso said.
“We are going to play a team that needs three points while we also need anything so that we recover. LCS beat us 4-0 in the first round and we really have to be tight on our preparations so that they do not beat us again.”

Nkheli Liphoto

 

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