Makapa off to Golden Arrows

Makapa off to Golden Arrows

Maseru – Following Tšepang Makapa’s successful trials at South African premiership side Golden Arrows, Vodacom Premier League outfit Liphakoe are dreaming big for their players.

The 20-year-old Makapa starred for the Quthing outfit last season leading to try-outs with Golden Arrows and the club say they hope to build relations with teams across the border in order to help other players secure trials in future.
Liphakoe general manager Moeketsi Ramakatsa said they have a young team made up mostly of students who tend to focus on football after completing high school.

“We are hoping to build relationships with South African clubs so that in future perhaps we could see more players going for trials. It’s something we will try to work on going forward,” Ramakatsa said.

The talented Makapa impressed Golden Arrows’ technical team during a week-long evaluation earlier this month and a deal for him to move to Durban is close to being finalised with talks between the clubs at an advanced stage.
Ramakatsa said the only stumbling block is that Makapa is still a student and is set to sit for the Lesotho General Certificate of Secondary Education (LGSCE) exams later this year.

He said all parties are trying to work around the issue as Golden Arrows want the player to join them as soon as possible.
“The talks between the teams are continuing,” Ramakatsa said.

“The main issue is that he is still a student and is set to write his Form E examinations this year and Arrows want him immediately. I think perhaps by next week we will have reached a conclusion,” he said.

Ramakatsa admitted Liphakoe are still in disbelief that one of their players had successful trials with a top-flight club in South Africa but are proud of Makapa.

“It’s unbelievable,” Ramakatsa enthused.
“We are still shocked but in a good way – we are happy for him. Our intention is to see our players go outside the country especially because our players at Liphakoe are very young, they are still at school and most of them focus on football after finishing school,” he continued.

“We want them to make a living out of football. Football is a short career, two or three years then it’s over.”
Makapa’s success is a boost for Lesotho football and should inspire Kick4Life striker Thabiso Brown who is set to jet off in the coming weeks to attend trials at another South Africa premiership side, Bloemfontein Celtic.

Luciah Phahla

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