Lioli backs  under-fire coach

Lioli backs under-fire coach

MASERU– Lioli’s executive committee has thrown its weight behind under fire head coach Morena Ramorebodi despite the club’s poor start to life under the South African tactician.

Ramorebodi was hired in January but Lioli have floundered and last Saturday lost 4-1 to Matlama to put their title challenge in tatters.
In all, Lioli have won just once in six matches under Ramorebodi and have lost three times.
Thanks to Lioli’s poor run, Ramorebodi has come under a lot of criticism from the club’s supporters who claim the team is going backwards under his mentorship.

However, speaking to thepost on Tuesday, Lioli Vice-President Mthwalo Mthwalo insisted the club’s management have faith in their coach and still believe things will get better as time goes.  Mthwalo said Lioli’s management have met with the technical team after a string of bad results to hear what is happening and that they are convinced it is just bad luck.

He vehemently denied rumours of a rift between the coach and the players saying there is no problem at all.
“We do talk with the technical team to see what is happening and there is nothing happening between the coach and the players, it is just bad luck,” Mthwalo said.

“We have been unlucky in our games and things like these happen.”
When asked about the supporters’ frustrations with the way things are progressing at the club, Mthwalo pleaded with ‘Tse Nala’ to be patient with the coach and support him as management is doing.

However, Mthwalo was non-committal on whether Lioli will renew Ramorebodi’s contract at the end of the season.
He called Ramorebodi a coach of “high standard” and said Lioli’s board believe in him wholeheartedly as they are looking to build a team that is going to last for years, not a short-term solution.

“We have a coach of high standard who is very experienced and we believe in him,” Mthwalo said.
“We are looking to the future; we are looking to build a team for the future not something that’s going to last for a short time. I am pleading with all the supporters to please support the coach like we are doing, and things will come right, we beg them to support the team.”

On Saturday, Lioli suffered their biggest defeat of the season at the hands of Matlama and subsequently lost their ground to Bantu in the title race.
It now seems impossible Lioli can dethrone their Mafeteng arch-rivals who are the dominant team in Lesotho football at the moment. ‘Tse Nala’ could also lose out on their Lesotho National Insurance Group (LNIG) Top 8 trophy as they trail Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) 1-0 ahead of the second leg this weekend.

In the Econet Premier League, Kick4Life is breathing down heavily down Lioli’s neck and any more losses could see ‘Tse Nala’ finding themselves fighting for the top four spot.

With the bad results, rumours have been going around of a potential rift between the coach and the players but Mthwalo said it comes naturally with a club big like Lioli.

“We are aware of the rumours making rounds, but there is no problem at all with the coach,” Mthwalo said.
“It is normal with a big team when they are not doing well for such things to be said.”

Luciah Phahla

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