Lioli capture Secker

Lioli capture Secker

MASERU – Econet Premier League giants Lioli have announced the appointment of former Matlama mentor Thabile Secker as head coach on a two-year deal.
‘Tse Nala’ made the announcement yesterday. Secker’s hiring is a coup for Lioli.

Secker guided Matlama to their 10th premier league title in May but questions about his future with the champions immediately started flying around after he cast doubt over his future with the club on the last day of the 2018/19 season.

Secker’s contract with Matlama expired on June 30 and he was free to negotiate with any club.
He had been locked in negotiations with Matlama over a contract renewal but ultimately the two parties failed to agree over a new deal.

The last meeting between Secker and ‘Tse Putsoa’ management was on Sunday and it still failed to produce an agreement between the two parties.

Lioli have struggled over the last 18 months and experienced their worst league finish since 2012 in May when they failed to finish in the top four last season which means ‘Tse Nala’ will not defend their Top 4 Independence Cup title later this year.

Lioli are under new management after the club went for elections late last month to choose a new executive committee following the decision of long-serving president Lebohang Thotanyana to step down.

Secker, who took over as Matlama coach last August, etched his name into ‘Tse Putsoa’ folklore in May by guiding the team to a first league title since 2010 and a record-extending tenth championship in the club’s history.
Speaking to the media yesterday, Matlama spokesperson Tankiso Moletsane said the club had been in talks with Secker for several weeks but there was no progress towards a new contract.

Towards the end of last season there were reports Secker could leave ‘Tse Putsoa’ when the season ended and during the club’s title celebrations Secker was visibly detached and was not seen celebrating with the rest of the team which further raised questions whether he would continue with the club.

Moletsane said Matlama were due to make a decision this week but found out about Secker’s hiring as the new Lioli coach through social media. Moletsane, however, said ‘Tse Putsoa’ hold no grudges against Secker as he was free to negotiate with whichever team he wanted to talk to.

Matlama had conceded the need to resolve their coaching situation quickly. The beginning of the pre-season is fast approaching and the off-season Alliance Winter Challenge and Econet Soccer Spectacular tournaments are set for next month.

Tlalane Phahla

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