‘There is life after Moshoeshoe’

‘There is life after Moshoeshoe’

MASERU – Econet Premier League outfit Liphakoe insist they can survive without departed star striker Setho Moshoeshoe.
Moshoeshoe was a revelation for the Quthing club last season scoring 10 goals to help Liphakoe finish ninth in the league.
Predictably, however, his sterling performances had the league’s top clubs circling like vultures for his signature and in the offseason the striker was enticed to join Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS).

On paper, Moshoeshoe’s departure has left a void in Liphakoe’s attack with the 25 year-old having scored almost half of the side’s 22 league goals last season.
However, speaking to thepost on Wednesday, the club’s spokesperson, Tau Sebatli, dismissed suggestions Liphakoe would flounder without Moshoeshoe who spent a decade in the United States before returning home in 2016.

Instead, Sebatli insisted the ‘Hawks’ have ready-made replacements at the club and are raring to go for their Econet Premiership season opener against Likhopo next week Sunday.
“Towards the end of last season Setho was not playing anymore due to injuries and we already have players to replace him like Mohau Rammonone, Thabo Matšoele and Tšepang Makapa and Thato Moabi.

In short, we did not suffer a great loss,” Sebatli said.
“As a player with good performance we lost, but his position is not tricky and that is why it was easy to find replacements,” he continued.
Sebatli added that Liphakoe, who have hired South African tactician Thabo Tsutsulupa as their new coach, are better prepared for the upcoming campaign than they were last term.
This season will be Liphakoe’s fourth in the elite league since their promotion in 2015.

In the intervening years, the ‘Hawks’ have made steady progress finishing 11th in 2016, 10th in 2017 and ninth last season and Sebatli expressed confidence the side’s upward trend will continue.
Liphakoe will wrap up their preparations for the 2018/19 campaign on Saturday with a friendly match against southern neighbours Majantja.
The game will follow a fun walk organised by Liphakoe to raise funds and “bring fans together” before the new season begins.
“The fun walk will be on Saturday and it has been organised by Liphakoe to raise funds and to also bring our fans together so that when the league starts we are one,” Sebatli

Innovations such as Saturday’s fun walk are part of why there is a growing sense of optimism around the club.
Just last week fans in Quthing were excited by news Liphakoe will unveil a new team bus that will transport players this season. Sebatli confirmed the development but said the club is yet to receive the bus which is being paid for by the Quthing business community.

Importantly, things are also looking promising on the field after Liphakoe won a four-team South Tournament featuring Bantu, Majantja and Swallows on Sunday.
“We are finalising our preparations for the season and we believe we will get the results we want because we started preparing in time,” Sebatli said.
“Our motivation comes from good management and good coaching, that is why our performance has changed. Players do not have complaints so they perform well.”

Nkheli Liphoto

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