Dark clouds loom over Secker’s future

Dark clouds loom over Secker’s future

MASERU -Matlama coach Thabile Secker has cast doubt over his future as ‘Tse Putsoa’ coach despite leading the team to the Econet Premier League title last Saturday.
Secker, who took charge of the club last August, guided Matlama to a 2-0 win over Linare at Setsoto Stadium on the final day of the season which guaranteed a first league crown since 2010 for ‘Tse Putsoa’.

However, while Matlama supporters and officials went wild with their celebrations, Secker was not as upbeat.
Instead, he displayed the demeanour of someone who did not know what is next for him.
Remarkably, in his interviews after the match, Secker kept referring to the club and its fans in the third person and did not include himself until he was asked whether he is happy at Matlama.
Secker was quick to say he is happy to have been the man to lead ‘Tse Putsoa’ to a historic 10th league title, a feat no other Lesotho club has managed.
However, Secker stopped short of committing his future to the Pitso Ground outfit.

“They (Matlama) took a long time without winning (the league) but now they have reached what they wanted as a team. For me, CV wise, I am happy,” Secker said.
“Interaction with the players, communication as a team (was good). We understood each other and that is what helped us a lot. I found the team already registered. I was not with them for the preseason (so) there is not much that I changed. They have been together for a long time and they understand each other.”
He continued: “I am saying to the fans they must enjoy the moment. After 10 years they now have their trophy back. I am very happy for them, they have been supporting us for a long time and here we are. I am happy.”

Secker poured more fuel on the fire when he said he had not received any communication from the club over a contract extension.
His current deal is set to expire next month.
Last week a frustrated Secker relayed several issues he said he encountered as he tried to lead Matlama to the Econet Premier League title.
One was the sudden number of outside voices that were trying to influence the team. He said some former players and coaches had taken players aside for secret meetings in attempts to grab a piece of Matlama’s glory.

Secker revealed he does not know how Matlama’s hierarchy will review his performance this season and if they think he did well.
Of course, it would not be the first time Matlama dumps a coach after leading them to success.
Just last year Mosito Matela was sacked after leading ‘Tse Putsoa’ to the Lesotho National Insurance Group (LNIG) Top 8 title. It was Matlama’s first piece of silverware in nine years but it wasn’t enough to save Matela’s job.
In came Secker.
“My bosses have not said anything to me regarding what is going to happen, I don’t want to talk about it,” Secker said as title celebrations continued.
“My contract is ending in June and no one has come to me to negotiate or anything. It might happen that they think I did well. Same with me, I might think they didn’t work well with me,” the Matlama mentor added.
“We will just see what happens. It is never straightforward. There will always be problems, things do happen. We have to sit and talk to see if we continue.”

Tlalane Phahla

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