Matlama sign Moleko, Ramabele

Matlama sign Moleko, Ramabele

MASERU  – conet Premier League contenders Matlama have bolstered their firepower with the signings of Lesotho international attackers Lehlomela Ramabele and Katleho Moleko.

The duo is joined at Pitso Ground by another offensive weapon, Keketso Snider from Majantja.
Moleko, who has been snapped up from Bantu, started training with ‘Tse Putsoa’ on Tuesday while talks for Ramabele from Liphakoe were finalised last weekend.

The trio of moves is a clear indication by Matlama they want to finish the season on a high note.
After a slow start to the 2017/18 campaign, ‘Tse Putsoa’ have been reborn since Mosito Matela replaced Seephephe Matete as coach in October.
Matlama, who are trophyless since 2010, have won six of the nine games under Matela losing just once and their form has propelled them from mid-table obscurity to five points behind league leaders Bantu.

However, the basis of their rise has been their defence which has conceded a miserly eight goals. The offence, on the other hand, has struggled.
Matlama have only scored 14 goals in their 13 games this season, the lowest total amongst the top six sides and three of those goals came in last weekend’s 3-1 win over Liphakoe.

With the title suddenly a possibility and the 2018 Lesotho National Insurance Group Top 8 starting in a few weeks, Matlama’s technical office has moved to strengthen its attack to combat the arsenal of the top two, Bantu and Lioli.

Ramabele, who struck 12 league goals just a year ago with Likhopo, is now set to form a fearsome frontline with 2016 golden boot winner Motebang Sera, with playmaker Moleko helping to provide the ammunition.

Matlama communications and marketing manager Tankiso Moletsane said the new signings will only add to the side’s soaring confidence and improving displays.  “The morale in the team is high, the players now realise there is a chance to win the title,” Moletsane said.

“You can see our striker Motebang Sera is among the top goal-scorers. He is motivated. He has won this award before and now realises he can win it again. From the management, to the technical team and the players, the morale is good right now,” he added. ‘Tse Putsoa’s next test is an Econet Premier League showdown against Linare on Sunday at Ha Ratjomose.

It is another chance for Matlama, who finished eighth last season, to once again prove their championship credentials.
Moletsane lauded the side’s turnaround whose latest exhibition was the 3-1 dismantling of Liphakoe last weekend.
“We have said it before – the only issue is that we just started badly,” Moletsane said.

“Maybe that’s because we didn’t finish quite well last season and that put pressure on us,” he added.
“But we have always said that we just need to turn things around. We brought in a new coach and we have been doing well since then. Now we are taking it one game at a time; we are now focusing on Linare.”

Luciah Phahla

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