New coach for Lioli

New coach for Lioli

MASERU – Econet Premier League giants Lioli are close to announcing a new coach to take over from Morena Ramorebodi who has since returned to South Africa.
According to the club’s vice-president, Mthwalo Mthwalo, the new coach is yet to be given his mandate but, “as is a tradition for the club”, ‘Tse Nala’ want to win at least one piece of silverware every season.

Last season Lioli finished with a trophy-less campaign for the first time since 2012 as they came second behind Bantu in the Econet Premiership and fell short in the Independence Cup and Lesotho National Insurance Group Top 8 competitions.
Lioli’s lack of silverware brought an abrupt end to Ramorebodi’s short stay in Teyateyaneng after the South African tactician joined ‘Tse Nala’ in January.

Lioli’s management has been forced to pick up the pieces from the failed marriage with Ramorebodi having left the club in the bad books of the supporters who felt the team chased away their favourite players such as Motlalepula Mofolo to bring in the new coach’s choices.

“We have a new coach and he is coming with his own assistant, we will be announcing him soon and presenting him to the media,” Mthwalo told thepost.
“As you know, our previous coach only had a six-month contract with us and we decided to let him go. We have not given the new coach a mandate just yet but, you know, at Lioli we always want to at least win silverware every season,” he added.

When it comes to potential signings, Mthwalo said Lioli are trying to tie up some loose ends as they look to replace star winger Tumelo Khutlang who has joined South African premiership outfit Black Leopards.

“In terms of new players coming in I can’t say too much because we are also working on that,” Mthwalo said.
“We are looking for players everywhere, even in South Africa. Some of them you will see them playing here soon.”

The new Lioli coach’s first task in charge is likely to be the side’s Alliance Winter Tournament semi-final next month against newly-promoted Swallows.
The pre-season showpiece will be played at Setsoto Stadium on August 4 and will see the tournament’s defending champions Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) take on Matlama in the other semi-final.

Luciah Phahla

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