Koloti back at Sundawana

Koloti back at Sundawana

Maseru – Lesotho striker Roboama Koloti is expected to report back to Sundawana to prepare for the new Vodacom Premier League season according to club owner Thato Nkone. The coveted hit-man spent the second half of last season at fellow premiership side Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) and uncertainty surrounded his immediate future.

However, Nkone insists Koloti’s training as a police recruit with LMPS is finished.
He said the 18-year-old will be donning the ‘Tse Bo Yellow’ jersey this season unless Sundawana and LMPS can agree a fee for the player’s services.
Speaking to thepost yesterday, Nkone insisted the talented striker still has a contract with the Butha-Buthe club and said he only let Koloti play for LMPS so he could complete his police training.

“I had an agreement with LMPS that they will let the player return to Sundawana because he is still under contract with the club,” Nkone told thepost.
“(Koloti) still has a contract with us,” he added. “The contract existed before he went to be a police recruit and it is still valid. We have a personal agreement with him. I have a letter he wrote to me before going to the police stating that he wishes to play for us and that he will only leave for another team under our permission.”

Earlier this month, Nkone claimed he was considering selling Sundawana after several players appeared before the club’s disciplinary committee for bad behaviour. At the time Nkone complained he spends M20 000 per week on the team and said he no longer wanted to bleed the cash.
However, it appears the Butha-Buthe club and its players have smoked a peace pipe and are now looking forward to the new premiership campaign.
Nkone said he expected Koloti, who is nicknamed Masaena, to be part of those preparations under Sundawana’s new American coach, Eric Sarno.

“Masaena has not started training with the rest of the squad just yet, but I expect him to be back this season, that was the agreement I had with LMPS that we will allow him to undergo his training and that when he is done he will be back with us,” Nkone said.

Koloti starred for Likuena on Sunday in the side’s African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers against Comoros at Setsoto Stadium.
He scored the only goal in a 1-0 win for Lesotho although the score-line was not enough for Likuena to proceed on aggregate to the next round.
The striker rose to prominence in the 2015/16 campaign when his 13 goals inspired Sundawana to a remarkable fourth place finish in the league.
Koloti scooped the players’ player and young player of the season awards at the end of the campaign but was immediately head-hunted by the top clubs.

Koloti only featured twice for ‘Tse Bo Yellow’ at the beginning of the season before leaving for training at LMPS, and in January, he appeared for the police club in the Vodacom Premier League.

After struggling for goals on the way to a disappointing ninth place finish last season, Sundawana will be hoping Koloti will once again help them punch above their weight.

Luciah Phahla

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