Lioli  recaptures Bushy

Lioli recaptures Bushy

MASERU – Econet Premier League giants, Lioli, have signed Bushy Moletsane on a one-year deal with an option to extend for a further year.
The veteran midfielder re-joins ‘Tse Nala’ after leaving the club at the beginning of last season to move to Matlama where he was instrumental in helping ‘Tse Putsoa’ win an historic tenth league title.
Moletsane had signed a one-year contract with Matlama and it expired last month which allowed the former Lesotho international to join the club of his choice on a free transfer.

In the end, the beloved playmaker decided to return to Lioli where he spent a glory-filled decade before leaving last year and where is adored by the fans.
Moletsane also links up with Thabile Secker once again and their relationship is said to be a big reason the midfielder chose Lioli over other offers. Secker was Matlama coach during last season’s successful campaign before he was poached by Lioli last month.
Moletsane and Secker were teammates in 2009 and 2013 when Lioli won the league as well.
One of Lesotho’s most decorated players, Moletsane also won the championship with ‘Tse Nala’ in 2015 and 2016 before adding more silverware with Matlama last term.

In his absence last season, Lioli finished a lowly seventh in the Econet Premier League last season, their worst league performance since 2012. And, despite winning the Independence Cup last October, 2018/19 was a disappointing campaign for Lioli and it resulted in Lehlohonolo Thotanyana getting sacked as coach at the season’s end.
Speaking to thepost on Wednesday, Lioli spokesperson Mokhole Lekhoetsa admitted the club made a mistake by letting Moletsane go in the first place.
“We signed Bushy Moletsane (on Tuesday) on a one-year contract; if he wishes, the contract can be extended at the end of the season,” Lekhoetsa said.
“Bushy is a part of Lioli,” he added.

“Because of his experience we needed someone like him in our team. He has a lot of experience that we need to motivate our young players and give them direction.”
The Teyateyaneng giants are desperate to win the Econet Premier League again after watching rivals Bantu and Matlama capture the last three titles.
Their performances last season in particular have seen Lioli’s status as a title contender take a knock and ‘Tse Nala’ believe Moletsane’s experience will be vital in guiding the team back amongst the elite.
Last season Lioli started well but fell apart as the year wore on partly because of a lack of leaders in the dressing room.

“It is true, (Moletsane) is able to handle games the way we want, especially in the midfield,” Lekhoetsa said.
“He knows how to approach tough games that need guts and courage. We were unlucky to lose him to Matlama and now we are happy that he is back in our team.”
Lekhoetsa said Moletsane is the first of what should be several signings as Lioli look to overhaul their squad. Already the team has to find a replacement for Lesotho international defender Kopano Tseka who has joined Lesotho Correctional Service.
Lekhoetsa said Secker will finalise the arrivals of new players and the club will make announcements once all the paperwork has been completed.

Lioli’s first action will be the preseason Alliance Winter Challenge tournament next month set to be held at Setsoto Stadium and their ever-expectant fans will be eager to see their new-look Lioli.
“Coach (Secker) has the names of players he wants to sign, for now we can only talk about Bushy coming and Kopano Tseka, who left for LCS,” Lekhoetsa said.
“Lioli did not do well last season as we are not in the top four. We want to see ourselves in the top four or winning the league, that is our motivation.”

Nkheli Liphoto

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