Kuenane joins Kick4Life

Kuenane joins Kick4Life

MASERU – New Kick4Life signing Mohau Kuenane says he chose the Old Europa club over fellow Econet Premier League outfit Linare.
The Lesotho international goalkeeper was unveiled as a Kick4Life player yesterday and he said he is delighted to be back in football after almost two years on the sidelines with a knee injury.

The 32-year-old, who spent the past decade at giants Lioli, started training with his new club on Monday after his loan from ‘Tse Nala’ and quickly agreed terms on a move to Kick4Life. Linare had been in the race for Kuenane’s signature but the stopper said he was impressed by Kick4Life’s budding project.

Last season the Old Europa side finished fourth in the league and are in the running to secure back-to-back top four finishes this term.
Kick4Life are fifth in the Econet premiership with 23 points and are only adrift of fourth-placed Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) on goal difference.
Linare, on the other hand, are fourth from the bottom and have been plagued by boardroom instability in recent years.

Kuenane also links up with Kick4Life’s growing collection of Lesotho internationals — joining the likes of Bokang Mothoana, Likano Teele, Thabo Masualle and Nkoto Masoabi –— and reconnects with Notši who mentored him as Likuena boss from 2011 to 2014.
It all made the decision very easy for Kuenane.

“Kick4Life were not the only ones interested in me, Linare were also interested,” he said.
“I think what made me choose Kick4Life was their approach to me and the way the team is being run. When you are (playing) at a team like Lioli you don’t think about playing for any other team. But once you have left Lioli then you start looking at teams and Kick4Life stood out for me.”

Kuenane spent ten years at Lioli, establishing himself as a fan favourite and as Lesotho’s number one keeper after making his full international debut in 2011.

He won the league championship in 2009, 2013, 2015 and 2016 as well as three Independence Cup titles and one Lesotho National Insurance Group (LNIG) Top 8 crown during a glittering stay in Teyateyaneng.

However, a surgery in August 2016 to resolve a troublesome knee problem sidelined the keeper for almost the entire 2016/17 campaign.
Kuenane subsequently fell down the pecking order at Lioli with Liteboho Mokhehle becoming entrenched as the club’s first choice which forced the experienced keeper to leave for greener pastures.

“I have been out of football for a long time now after suffering an injury in August 2016 and I had to do an operation. I am happy to be back playing again, doing what I love and bringing the experience I have to the team,” he said.
Kuenane is the latest player to arrive at Kick4Life after Norman Kumatse — from Sundawana — and Rasetabele Kalosane —from Matlama — joined the ambitious Old Europa club two weeks ago.

On Monday, Notši gushed about his pair of additions after their debuts in Kick4Life’s 1-0 league win over Likhopo on Sunday.
“(Kumatse and Kalosane) did well for the team and I hope it will be better going forward,” the former Likuena mentor said.
Kick4Life’s next Econet Premier League outing is a big one — on Saturday against Kuenane’s former team, Lioli.

Luciah Phahla

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