Maliehe appointed Likuena coach

Maliehe appointed Likuena coach


Maseru – Moses Maliehe has been appointed Lesotho’s new full-time national coach.
The appointment was confirmed by the Lesotho Football Association (LEFA) yesterday.
Maliehe had been interim coach since November last year after LEFA parted ways with the previous caretaker boss Seephephe Matete.
The former national Under-20 boss has signed a one-year contract and he becomes Lesotho’s first permanent coach since Leslie Notši left the post in January 2014.
Maliehe had been handling dual roles at Likuena and Matlama.

However, on Friday he handed over his resignation to the Vodacom Premier League club paving the way for his appointment with the national team.
His assistants at Matlama, Sello Seholoholo and Mokoena Mohale, have since taken over the reins at ‘TsePutsoa’.
Maliehe was the only candidate considered for the Likuena job and speaking yesterday, LEFA public relations officer Thabo Maretlane said Maliehe’s contract will be reviewed at the end of his one-year term.

However, with Likuena out of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), the coming 12 months are set to be quiet. Questioned, Maretlane said there was no mandate for Maliehe.
“We have hired him on a permanent basis now; it’s a one year contract,” Maretlane told thepost. “There is nothing really much to say on what his mandate is because the international games such as the AFCON (qualifiers) have passed, so there is nothing.”
Maliehe had a mixed bag of results as Likuena caretaker coach.

In July, Lesotho reached the quarterfinals of the COSAFA Castle Cup in Namibia in fine style before losing to South Africa on penalties.
However, Likuena’s last game under his stewardship was a humiliating 6-0 AFCON qualifying loss at the hands of Algeria in September.
Maretlane, however, said LEFA was satisfied with Maliehe’s near one-year audition.
“We are happy with the performance of the team and he is already familiar with the national team set-up,” he said.
Meanwhile, Matlama communications and marketing officer Tankiso
Moletsane said the club did not want to stand in Maliehe’s way.

He said ‘TsePutsoa’ are yet to make a decision on who will take over from Maliehe but hinted Sehohololo and Mokoena could be set for an extended spell in charge at Pitso Ground.
Matlama have two games remaining in the first round of the Vodacom Premier League with their postponed fixture against Bantu still to be rescheduled.
“We are left with two games to play (in the first round) because we will play the Bantu game in January when we come back and we might come back with the assistant coaches (in charge),” he said.
Moletsane added: “Normally, it is not nice to part ways and, yes, the coach’s departure did affect the players but the current coaches have been working with (Maliehe) and whatever they are doing now is still similar to what he was doing. I don’t think there will be anything too different from what he was doing before.”

Likuena coaches since 2000:
Lefa Ramakau (2000-2002)
Monaheng Monyane (2003-04)
Antoine Hey (Germany) (2004-06)
Motheo Mohapi (2006-07)
Zaviša Milosavljević (Serbia) (2007-09)
Leslie Notši (2009, caretaker)
Leslie Notši (2011-13)
Seephephe Matete (2014-2015, caretaker)
Moses Maliehe (2015-2016, caretaker)
Moses Maliehe (2016 –)

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