‘Tšosane is going nowhere’

‘Tšosane is going nowhere’

MASERU – Matlama spokesperson Tankiso Moletsane says disgruntled star Phafa Tšosane remains “very much in the club’s plans” until the end of the season when his contract with ‘Tse Putsoa’ runs out. Tšosane, who is reportedly unhappy with the club management, has been AWOL for the past three weeks and will be free to leave Pitso Ground when the season ends.
Matlama are risking losing the Lesotho international midfielder for nothing at the end of the campaign with champions Bantu strongly touted as his next destination.

The Mafeteng club have tried to open talks with Matlama to sign Tšosane during the current January transfer window but Matlama have so far ignored Bantu’s advances.
Moletsane insists Matlama remain hopeful they will be able to resolve their issues with Tšosane so that he can rejoin his teammates and help the club in their bid to win the Econet Premier League title this season.

Matlama are a point behind log leaders Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) with a game in hand and this appears as good an opportunity as any for ‘Tse Putsoa’ to end their league title drought which dates back to 2010.

Tšosane’s absence in the match-day squad for last Saturday’s crucial 2-1 win over LCS at Setsoto Stadium raised eyebrows and genuine concerns amongst Matlama supporters that the midfielder could be on his way out.

Tšosane has reportedly been at loggerheads with Matlama management since December and has been away from the team since the start of the year.
What was even more troubling last Saturday is that new Matlama signing Theletsane Makume was wearing Tšosane’s famous no. 4 jersey during the game.
However, speaking to thepost yesterday, Moletsane dismissed that as an emergency because Makume was yet to be allocated a squad number and the no. 4 jersey was the only number available as Tšosane had failed to show up for the game.

“What I can tell you is (Tšosane) is still our player and he is still in the coach’s plans for this season,” Moletsane said.
“He has a contract with us until the end of the season,” he added.
“What happened on Sunday with (Tšosane’s) number is that we didn’t have another number available and Phafa wasn’t there even though he was in the coach’s plans (for the game). We had to use his number but it doesn’t mean anything.”

Reports emerged over the weekend that the reason Tšosane is fed up with Matlama is related to his salary.
Moletsane refused to comment on those rumours and affirmed his belief the relationship between Tšosane and the club can still be salvaged.
“We know there are teams interested in (Tšosane) but, as a club, we are trying to talk to him and resolve this,” he said.
“It’s true we have received a letter from Bantu about him but he is our player.”

Tlalane Phahla

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