Nkulu to return to Linare

Nkulu to return to Linare

Maseru – Bantu striker Nzenze Nkulu will return to Linare on loan for the remainder of the season ending speculation he will return to his parent club.
The Congolese hitman has been in red-hot form this season topping the Vodacom Premier League scoring charts with 11 goals and Linare communications and marketing manager Refiloe Makhobotloane confirmed Nkulu will return to Hlotse until May.

The development ends any prospect of the fans’ favourite returning to Mafeteng, at least for another four months.
Bantu have exhausted their foreign quota and ‘A Matšo Matebele’ coach James Madidilane said it would have been pointless for the striker to return to Mafeteng as he would not feature. Madidilane, instead, insisted he is happy with his squad and said he has no plans to release any players.
Bantu already have key players Ramasimong Moloisane, Lindokhuhle Phungulwa, Lazola Tjokojokwana, Tsietsi Khooa and Teboho Lillane on their books which prevents them from adding any more foreign players. “Look, we are allowed to register only five foreign players and at the moment we have five,” Madidilane said. “It’s no use to bring (Nkulu) back because we will not be able to use him and he will not play.”

Nkulu’s form had ignited a chorus from Bantu fans that he can help the club’s title charge. The Mafeteng giants are top of the Vodacom Premier League but are only a point ahead of Lioli and Kick4Life in a tight championship race. Nevertheless, Madidilane said his existing troops can get the job done.
“Nzenze is doing well at Linare; he is the top goal-scorer,” he said. “But, so far I am happy with the squad I have. We are not planning on releasing anyone unless if a player asks to be released.” One man’s leftovers are another man’s treasure and Linare spokesman Makhobatloane emphasised Nkulu’s importance to ‘Tse Tala’ saying he has been a livewire for the team over the past six months.  Makhobatloane said Linare need the striker’s services and are relieved he will be available for the second half of the season.
“We need him a lot,” he said.  “He is a hard-worker and he is one person who is always motivating the (other) guys even when things are going well. That is why we also worked hard to make sure we retain him for the remainder of the season.” Nkulu’s goals and hard work will come in handy on Saturday when Linare face their Great North rivals Lioli at the Maputsoe DIFA Stadium. ‘Tse Tala’ are tenth, five points behind Sundawana in the quest for a top eight spot.

Weekend fixtures:
Saturday
Linare v Lioli (13:00, Maputsoe DiFA Stadium)
Butha-Buthe Warriors v Bantu (15:00, Maputsoe DiFA Stadium)
Kick4Life v Sundawana (13:00, Maseru)
Sky Battalion v LCS (15:00, Maseru)
Sunday
LDF v Rovers (15:00, Ratjomose)
Likhopo v LMPS (15:00, LCS)
Matlama v Liphakoe (15:00, Maseru)

Luciah Phahla

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