Matete joins LMPS

Matete joins LMPS

MASERU-Former Likuena boss Seephephe Matete was yesterday confirmed as the new coach of Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS).
The club said Matete had signed a two-year contract.

LMPS management had been in negotiations with Matete for several weeks and the sides had another meeting on Tuesday where the agreement was finalized, according to the club’s spokesperson Tlali Mothoana.
“Mochini”, as Matete is affectionately known, has been Lesotho’s national team coordinator since 2018 but on Tuesday the Lesotho Football Association (LEFA) announced he had left his position to pursue his coaching career.

Matete has not coached at club level since leaving Matlama in 2018 and has spent the past two years working with the national team.
“We have been talking to (Matete),” Mothoana said.
“(On Tuesday) there was a meeting with him, everything is agreed,” he added.

LMPS have been without a coach since January when Teele Ntšonyana quit halfway through the season to join Liphakoe and ‘Simunye’ have been looking for an established name to fill the void.

While there is no word on when the 2020/21 Econet Premier League season will start, clubs are busy preparing for the new campaign and signing new players.
LMPS hope luring Matete will help them attract big-name payers and return them to title contention.

‘Simunye’ finished fourth in the COVID-19 shortened 2019/20 season which marked their first top four finish since 2010 and now LMPS’s next goal is to end a trophy drought that dates back to 2009 when they won the MGC Supa 8.

Matete would arrive with a wealth of experience having served as LEFA’s technical director from 2010 until 2014 when he took over as Likuena caretaker coach.
He held the post of interim Likuena boss until November 2015 before making the move to Matlama.

Although Matete has not coached a club since 2018, his name has continually cropped up when top jobs have become available and in January, he was approached by Lioli to replace Thabile Secker as coach.
Matete turned down the offer.

But speaking in July, the former Lesotho international made it clear he would be returning to the club hot-seat in 2020/21 saying he “will be coaching full time next season either in the premier league or in the first division.”

Matete has also coached Lesotho’s Under-20 side and he famously guided the golden Makoanyane XI generation that qualified for the 2005 African Youth Under-20 Championship in Benin.

Tlalane Phahla

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