Mokhothu joins Sundawana

Mokhothu joins Sundawana

Maseru – Decorated former Lioli coach Mosholu ‘Shoes’ Mokhothu has been appointed Sundawana assistant coach.
Mokhothu parted ways with ‘Tse Nala’ last week after a successful five-year stay in Teyateyaneng and has immediately joined the ambitious Butha-Buthe side.
He will assist head coach Lehlohonolo ‘Freeze’ Ntene.

News of Mokhothu’s arrival will come as a boost to ‘Tse Bo Yellow’ who have started the 2017/18 Econet Premier League season poorly. Sundawana are third from bottom and will hope ‘Shoes’ works his magic on the team.
Mokhothu – Lesotho’s most successful active coach – guided Lioli to league titles in 2009, 2013, 2015 and 2016, to the Lesotho National Insurance Group Top 8 in 2014 and 2016 as well as the Independence Cup in 2015 over two spells with ‘Tse Nala’.

He also led Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) to back-to-back championships in 2011 and 2012.
However, he stepped down before the start of last season due to Lesotho Football Association (LEFA) requirements that all premier league head coaches must hold a CAF B-Licence, which Mokhothu doesn’t have.

Speaking on Wednesday, Sundawana owner Thato Nkone expressed delight at Mokhothu’s capture.
He said ‘Tse Bo Yellow’ are expecting Mokhothu to arrive in Butha-Buthe by the weekend to begin his duties. His first game on the technical bench will be next Wednesday when Sundawana take on Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) in a rescheduled Econet Premier League fixture in Maputsoe.

“We have agreed with him that he will be our assistant coach to Freeze and, because we are in Butha-Buthe, he told us that he is still sorting out his things. But we are expecting him to be here on Friday because we have a game on the 4th (of October),” Nkone said.

Sundawana hope Mokhothu’s arrival will lead to a revival.
‘Tse Bo Yellow’ enjoyed a magical 2015/16 league season when they finished fourth. At the time the club hoped it signalled the beginning of an extended stay amongst Lesotho’s elite clubs but last season Sundawana fell to ninth place despite hiring Spaniard Antonio Flores midway through the campaign.
Things haven’t improved this season.

They have started with two losses and a draw from their opening three games to lay third bottom with just a solitary point.
Nkone admitted he has coveted Mokhothu’s services for some time. He said the six-time league winner’s expertise will be valuable to Sundawana.
“We have been in talks with Mokhothu for a while to come to the club,” he said.
“We will also help him acquire the qualifications that LEFA has set for premier league coaches. (Mokhothu) is very experienced and we will benefit a lot from his expertise.”

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