Masoabi wins big at awards

Masoabi wins big at awards

MASERU – Kick4Life hitman Nkoto Masoabi was the big winner at the club’s end of season awards last Saturday.
The ceremony was held at Kick4Life’s headquarters in Old Europa and it turned out to be a crowning moment for Masoabi after his most prolific top-flight campaign.
In total, the Lesotho international scored 15 goals in all competitions during the 2017/18 season, a feat which earned him Kick4Life’s top goal-scorer trophy and M1500 in prize money.
Masoabi’s fine goal-scoring exploits also saw him voted the club’s Players’ Player of the Season by his teammates, an accolade that went along with another M1 500 jackpot.
Saturday’s double dose of awards capped the striker’s rise since he joined Kick4Life from Lioli in 2016.

The Likuena striker has gone on to become one of the country’s top strikers and this season led all scorers in the Econet Premier League.
Masoabi was not the only winner, however, on what was a celebratory night for Kick4Life as Likano Teele was also toasted with the club’s player of the season accolade and M2000 in cash for his efforts.

The awards were part of an uplifting evening get-together for the club after Kick4Life narrowly missed out on a coveted top four finish despite holding a ticket for much of 2018.
In the end Kick4Life finished sixth in the 2017/18 Econet Premier League, three points behind fourth-placed Matlama which meant the club was unable to follow up on their impressive fourth place finish of last season.

Even so, Kick4Life football director Chris Bullock said he was heartened by how the season went for the club.
Bullock pointed to the side’s consistency in the second round as a sign the club will be ready to compete for silverware next season in what will be Leslie Notsi’s third full campaign in charge.
“It was a tough season for us,” Bullock said.

“We lost a lot of our key players to injuries while some transferred to other teams but we all know that football is all about ups and downs.”
“I am proud because we showed consistency during the second round of the league and we also ended the season on a high note by winning our last game (3-1 against Linare). We are ready to make the next step on and off the field to become a winning team the next season.”
Bullock’s words were echoed by club captain Moruti Thamahane.

“We want to grow and improve as players,” he said.
“Kick4Life as a club and organisation has grown in terms of its fan base and all the activities that it hosts and we are proud to be part of the club.”
Kick4Life coach Leslie Notši, for his part, labelled the 2017/18 campaign a “rollercoaster”.

He lamented the loss of last season’s last year’s top goal-scorer Thabiso Brown, who moved to South America last August but also expressed pride in his players.
“It has been a rollercoaster season, I want to thank everyone who helped Kick4Life as an organisation,” Notši said.
“To all the players, I am proud and I salute you. It has been a transition year for us as we lost our top goal-scorer (before the season started) and had to dig deep with the remaining players.”
Notši added: “The players took the opportunity to show their talent and made us proud and showed desire to listen and learn. The values of Kick4Life were applied very well and I believe they will always cherish them.”

Kick4Life end of season awards winners:

Top goalscorer – Masoabi Nkoto (M1 500)
Young player of the season – Bonang Mohapi (M1 000)
Most improved player of the season – Mokoteli Mohapi (M1 000)
Player’s player of the season – Masoabi Nkoto (M1 500)
Player of the season – Likano Teele (M2000)

Nkheli Liphoto

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