Bushy to sign for Matlama

Bushy to sign for Matlama

MASERU – Econet Premier League giants Matlama are set to complete the signing of veteran midfielder Bushy Moletsane from rivals Lioli this week.
‘Tse Putsoa’ have been linked with the popular playmaker for several weeks and he finally looks set to leave Teyateyaneng after a decade’s stay to join the 2018 Lesotho National Insurance Croup (LNIG) Top 8 champions.

According to club insiders, Moletsane – who helped Matlama to the title in 2003 before joining Lioli in 2007 – will ink an initial one-year deal to return to Maseru with an option to extend for another season. The Lesotho international’s imminent arrival is also expected to be the first of several signings as ‘Tse Putsoa’, buoyed by their LNIG Top 8 success in April, look to compete for the Econet Premiership title next season, an intention declared by club president Ikarabele Sello at the team’s end of season awards two weeks ago.

Matlama, who finished fourth in the league last season, are pushing to finalise more deals before their pre-season programme starts next week.
Nevertheless, despite sources telling thepost Moletsane’s signing is virtually a “done deal”, Matlama communications and marketing manager Tankiso Moletsane refused to confirm his side’s interest.

“Bushy is a big player, we know him, who wouldn’t want him? Which team wouldn’t want to have him?” Moletsane said.
“We will make an announcement later this week or early next week, it’s no use talking about things that are not finished. Maybe next week things will be in place (but) for now I can’t talk about anything,” he insisted.

One thing is for sure; ‘Tse Putsoa’ are serious about challenging Bantu for the 2018/19 Econet Premier League title and building on their first season under coach Mosito Matela who revitalised the club during his seven months in charge. Matlama’s LNIG Top 8 triumph was their first trophy win since 2010 and Moletsane would only add more experience of winning silverware.

The 34-year-old won four league titles during his 11-year spell at Lioli securing hero status at ‘Tse Nala’ and he has consistently featured for Lesotho since 2003.
Moletsane, of course, also previously starred for ‘Tse Putsoa’ and is still revered by the team’s fans. Matlama believe the affable playmaker could also help attract other top talent to the club.
Meanwhile, Matlama spokesman Moletsane added that no player has been released from the club yet.

He also confirmed interest from foreign clubs in striker Motebang Sera but said no concrete offers have materialised. He said Sera would remain a Matlama player unless the situation changes.
Sera was one of Lesotho’s brightest stars at the recent COSAFA Cup tournament held in South Africa where Likuena finished third.
Several Likuena players have attracted interest from foreign clubs. Matlama have always been adamant they will not sell Sera to another local team but will not stand in his way if interest came from outside the country.

Luciah Phahla

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