Ramabele says he is hurt

Ramabele says he is hurt

Maseru – New Liphakoe signing Lehlomela Ramabele says he is hurt and disappointed by his departure from Likhopo.
The Lesotho international striker joined Liphakoe on a free transfer last Friday after spending four years with the ‘Red Army’ and he expressed concern at the future of his former club.
Likhopo are stuck in the Vodacom Premier League relegation zone, four points from safety, and haven’t won a game since October 2, a run of nine matches.
Even more worryingly, the 2005 and 2006 champions are mired in a weakening talent drain. On Monday, Ramabele’s fellow Likuena international Likano Teele also bolted to join Kick4Life while founding executive member Qamako Mahao quit the club before the New Year.
“I am hurt to have left Likhopo to be honest,” Ramabele said.

“I am even more hurt to leave them in the state that they find themselves in right now. I had a six-month contract with them and I hoped it was going to be renewed when it came to an end in December.”The hard-working frontman began his career at lower league outfit Mabeoana before moving to Botswana Defence Force XI in 2011 after his starring role in Lesotho’s qualification for the 2011 CAF African Under-20 Championship. He then joined Likhopo in 2012 after one season in Botswana’s top-flight and had been a key player since. Last season Ramabele was the club’s top scorer with 10 goals as Likhopo finished fifth in the Vodacom premiership.

Ramabele said he had hoped to prolong his stay with the ‘Red Army’. “Before the end of the first round I did meet with the management and told them I still want to continue to play,” he said.  “I was doing well. I was expecting they would sit down with me and tell me what is going on with regards to the contract but nothing happened.” “It was not easy but I decided to leave. I had a great time at Likhopo, the club will always be in my heart, I love it, but I don’t think I will go back,” he added. Ramabele is now focused on helping his new club. He scored on his debut in a 2-2 draw with Rovers last Saturday but Liphakoe haven’t won since beating bottom side Butha-Buthe Warriors on October 9.

The Quthing side has fallen to 11th place after a good start to the season and two weeks ago hired Motebang Makhetha to replace Teele Ntšonyana as coach.
However, Ramabele said he was confident Liphakoe can still salvage their season. He said he wants to help the club secure their first-ever top eight finish. “It is impossible to win the league as is finishing among the top four teams, but we can still make it to the top eight,” Ramabele said. “I am going to work hard to help build Liphakoe’s future and to also lift the player’s spirit.” Ramabele said he hoped moving to Liphakoe will his ticket back into the Lesotho squad. He hasn’t been called up since a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Seychelles last March.  “Liphakoe will help me get back to the national team. I still want to play for Likuena, but I have to just work hard,” Ramabele said.

Luciah Phahla

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