New deal for Chaba

New deal for Chaba

MASERU-Econet Premier League outfit Liphakoe are hopeful of tying down their number one goalkeeper Tankiso Chaba (Pictured right) to a new contract.

Chaba is still without a contract after it expired on June 30 and the Quthing club say he is their number one priority and they want to keep him for the upcoming season.

Chaba is one of several Liphakoe players without contracts and the club’s spokesperson, Tau Sebatli, said the team’s executives have been in contact with the goalkeeper and are hoping to announce news he is staying soon.

Chaba played the majority of Liphakoe’s games this season and is the goalkeeper head coach Teele Ntšonyana trusted most between the sticks.
His departure would be a blow to the club after they struggled to win games this season, even with Chaba’s fine displays. When the league was halted in March, Liphakoe were in 11th place with just three wins from their 18 games and only four points above the relegation zone.

Sebatli said the club is encouraged Chaba will stay because he is in talks with the team and has expressed a desire to continue his career in Quthing.
“He is a player we value so much, we want to keep him of course, and we are encouraged that when his contract ended he was the one to say: ‘hey, my contract is ending, can we talk?” Sebatli said.

“We know he wants to stay and we want him to stay. He is our number one goalkeeper and I am sure we will announce the news (he has signed a new contract) soon,” he said.
Sebatli said the only real stumbling block in talks has been the Covid-19 pandemic which has made it difficult to engage with players. He said Liphakoe were talking with players “one by one” regarding their contract situations.

“Around this time normally players’ contracts are coming to an end, and we are talking to players one by one,” Sebatli said.
“Because we still value (Chaba), he is still getting paid. I don’t think you can pay a player you no longer value. Because of this situation with coronavirus even if clubs can sign you for free, they can’t pay you until you have done something,” he added.

Sebatli said Liphakoe have several players whose contracts have ended and the club are talking to them and in order to assess which ones they want to keep.

Liphakoe have already moved fast to tie down their most influential player, star striker Tšepang Makapa, to ward off interest from the likes of Bantu and Lioli who were hunting his services.

Tlalane Phahla

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