Lioli’s season to forget

Lioli’s season to forget

MASERU – Lioli assistant coach Mosholi Mokhothu has rated Lioli’s season a “6 out of 10” with the Teyateyaneng giants in danger of missing out on a top four place for the first time since 2012.
‘Tse Nala’ put in one of their worst displays of the Econet Premier League campaign in a demoralising 1-0 home defeat to Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) on Sunday in TY.
The loss left Lioli two points adrift of Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) in the race for the fourth and final top four spot with just two games to go.
The setback was even more disappointing given the carrot that was dangling in front of Lioli who would have leapfrogged LDF into fourth place with a win after the army side dropped points in a goalless draw with Sefotha-fotha last Saturday.

As things stand, ‘Tse Nala’ are facing the prospect of a nightmare end to the campaign with rumours already swirling of a possible clear-out in the offseason.
Lioli’s struggles are despite a promising start to the season with victories in the pre-season Alliance Winter Challenge last August and the Independence Cup in October.
“I can rate our season 6 out of 10 even though the season is not yet over,” Mokhothu said in an interview with thepost on Tuesday.

“We had a very challenging season because our club lost a lot of players and we recruited many players. After the signings, we thought we were on the right track and we won the Alliance Tournament but when the league started we struggled with consistency in terms of performance and there were issues that demotivated us,” he said.
Mokhothu declined to go into detail on what the issues were, but it is clear Lioli haven’t gelled after making wholesale changes last offseason which were headlined by Mokhothu and Lehlohonolo Thotanyana arriving as assistant and head coach to replace Morena Ramorebodi.
Lioli also revamped the playing squad signing a total of 10 players and letting go of 12, including former icon Bushy Moletsane.

Lioli off-season signings:
Paseka Khang, Thabiso Mahola Jessie Matsie Stephan Eyu, Lebohang Sheleng, Diutlwileng Boikanyo, Teboho Ntlama, Mokoena Monese, Hopolang Mohlalefi, Kum Bin

Players released:
Bokang Sello, Bushy Moletsane, Obakeng Modirwa, Tebalo Mofokeng, Tšeliso Mosekili, Tebello Mofokeng, Joseph Lekata, Sebata Maseko, Teboho Lekhooa, Itumeleng Leche, Bafokeng Mosala and Shetsane Ramoseeka.
Mokhothu admitted to a season-long struggle to mould the team into a cohesive unit which has especially affected ‘Tse Nala’ down the final stretch of the season.
Lioli had made a good start to 2019 by winning six of seven games to begin the year and they appeared on course to seal a top four spot.
However, ‘Tse Nala’ have faltered and haven’t won a league game since the end of February.

Nkheli Liphoto


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