Blow for Lioli

Blow for Lioli

MASERU  – Lioli’s Econet Premier League title hopes have been dealt a devastating blow with news goalkeeper Liteboho Mokhehle will miss the rest of the season because of a broken leg. Mokhehle suffered a double fracture of his leg in Lioli’s premier league clash against Matlama on Sunday at Setsoto Stadium when he clashed with ‘Tse Putsoa’ midfielder Mabuti Potloane.

Mokhehle was immediately rushed to hospital to be stabilised. The Lesotho international’s leg had to be placed in a cast and doctors say he will be out for at least six months. Mokhehle’s injury is an untimely setback for ‘Tse Nala’ who are already missing the valuable services of versatile midfielder Jerry Kamela.

Kamela is yet to play this season because of injury and it is still unclear when he will return to first team action.

Speaking on Tuesday, Lioli communication and marketing manager Tšeliso Lerata bemoaned Mokhehle’s coming absence which will rob Lioli of another Lesotho international.

Even worse, the injury comes just a week after Lioli released Mokhehle’s back up, Kananelo Makhooane, to join rivals Matlama on loan. The only keepers on Lioli’s books are the untested pair of Sebaka Maseko and Mpho Mofokeng.

“(Mokhehle) will be out for six months, he got two fractures (of his leg) and it’s really unfortunate,” Lerata told thepost.
“This is a big blow to us to lose a goalkeeper at this time and it now forces us to sign a new goalkeeper and have someone to deputise for Maseko,” he said.

Lerata said it is impossible to recall Makhooane from his six-month loan at Matlama. Makhooane was on Matlama’s bench against Lioli and ‘Tse Putsoa’ have declared an interest in signing him on a permanent basis at the end of the season.

“I don’t think it is possible to recall Makhooane now as everything has been signed between the two clubs,” Mokhehle said. What it means is either Maseko or Mofokeng will be thrust into the demanding role of goalkeeper as the Teyateyaneng giants look to chase down Bantu at the top of the Econet Premier League table.

It is not the news Lioli were hoping for to start the year. ‘Tse Nala’ already find themselves five points behind champions Bantu and struggling to get out of a mini-slump. Lioli have won just once in their last five league games and are in danger of losing touch with a surging ‘A Matšo Matebele’ outfit.

Lioli vice-president Mthwalo Mthwalo said the club’s management will sit down with new coach Morena Ramorebodi and his technical staff to decide if another goalkeeper is needed.

“We had three goalkeepers in the team (before Mokhehle’s injury), now that Liteboho is out it means we are left with two goalkeepers and of course we were not anticipating that we would lose our goalkeeper for a long time. But he is out and it means we have to use the remaining two,” Mthwalo told thepost.

“I am sure you saw that the keeper (Maseko) that came on for (Mokhehle) after he was taken out he did well for us; but with football you just never know, one of them might be suspended, it happens in football. We are going to sit down with the technical team and discuss the possibility of getting a new goalkeeper even if it’s just on loan for the remainder of the season,” Mthwalo said.

“We were not anticipating going into the market for a goalkeeper but we might have to. But it’s something we first have to discuss with the technical team.”

Luciah Phahla

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