Lioli unveil 14 new players

Lioli unveil 14 new players

TEYA-TEYANENG – Econet Premier League giants Lioli unveiled 14 new players for the 2019/20 season during a club “expo” at the Lioli Stadium in Teya-Teyaneng last Saturday.
The expo also featured an exhibition match against rivals Bantu to give Lioli’s fans a glimpse of the team the club has assembled for the new season.
After enduring a difficult 2018/19 season in which they finished seventh in the Econet Premiership, the five-time league champions say they are determined to get back to winning titles and this ambition can be backed by their new technical team led by Thabile Secker who inspired Matlama to the league title last season.
Among the signings Lioli unveiled were beloved playmaker Bushy Moletsane, who returns to ‘Tse Nala’ after a one-year spell at Matlama, and attacker Tsietsi Motšeare who joins from Bantu.
Unfortunately for Lioli and their new faces, ‘Tse Nala’ will not be able to defend their Independence Cup crown in October because they failed to finish in the league’s top four last season in what was their worst performance since 2011.

However, Lioli’s public relations officer, Mokhoele Lekhoesa, said the club is focused on moving forward and not dwelling on what happened last term.
Lekhoesa added that last Saturday’s expo was not just to introduce new players but to raise funds for the Econet Soccer Spectacular vote casting which is on-going.
The voting for the pre-season showpiece is open to all 14 premier league clubs but only the top four with the most votes will win the chance to fight for the M100 000 prize money when the tournament is played at the end of the month.
“The remaining money after voting will help us in terms of transport for players when they go for training,” Lekhoesa said.
Saturday’s event was also a pleasant meeting between Lioli and Bantu.
Recent times have seen bad blood between the giants after Lioli accused Bantu of cheating two years ago.

In December 2017, Lioli brought a case to the league saying Bantu had used illegally registered foreign players while the clubs were going head-to-head for the 2017/18 championship.
Lioli won the case and the players in question were de-registered. Bantu won the league that season and since then, relations between the two clubs had been strained.
Lekhoesa said it was important for the sides to mend their relations which is why Lioli invited ‘A Matšo Matebele’ to make the trip from Mafeteng for the expo match.
“In recent years, there has been a lot of (misunderstanding) between both teams and it has come to our attention to make our supporters aware that we have made peace. Let go of the hatred and start a new chapter,” Lekhoesa told thepost.
Bantu won the friendly match by a single goal thanks to Tšeliso Ramafikeng.
However, new Lioli boss Secker didn’t put much stock into the result. He said he intends to build a strong team and is working on getting the players to understand each other and how he wants the team to play.
“Since I’m still new in the team, I have to build the team first, so losing (this match) doesn’t worry us too much, winning comes later,” Secker said.
“As a coach, I am working on building a team that will play competitive games.”

Lioli’s new signings:
Ntsane Molise (goalkeeper), Tšolo Lerata (goalkeeper), Tieho Thulo (central defender), Lepolesa Mpaka (central defender) , Relebohile Makepe (right back), Lerato Khereng (central defender), Leine Moletsane (central midfielder), Bushy Moletsane (attacking midfielder), Phakoana Lefatle (attacking midfielder), Teboho Lekhooa (attacking midfielder), Poloko Majota (winger), Liteboho Phosa (winger), Tsietsi Motšeare (striker), Tšele Rankhasa

Players that have left Lioli:
Liteboho Mokhehle (goalkeeper), Phasumane Kholuoe (Goalkeeper), Kopano Tseka (Central Defender), Stephanie Heyong Essono (central defender), Tšoanelo Koetle (Central Midfielder), Thabiso Mohapi (central midfielder), Mokoena Monese (attacking midfielder), Lekhanya Lekhanya (winger), Hopolang Mohlalefi (winger).

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