NEW signing, Josef Lekata, is confident of making an immediate impact at Lioli as he works on resurrecting his football career that appears to have gone off the rails in his home country, South Africa.
The burly striker had stints at South African premiership side, Amazulu, as well as other clubs in that country such as Black Leopards, Bay United, FC Cape Town Rovers, Vasco da Gama and African Warriors.
He is one of six signings that were unveiled by the Teyateyaneng club on Thursday along with former Matlama defender, Tšeliso Ramathe, midfielder Nkopane Ntoi (formerly of Likhopo), goalkeeper Tshilo Tshilo from Liphakoe, Tshediso Mosikidi (Carara Kicks, South Africa) and fellow South African striker, Tebelo Mofokeng (Tsiame United, South Africa).
The six signed three-year contracts with the former premier league champions.
In an exclusive interview with the Sunday Express on Thursday, Lekata said he has settled in well into the team and now the target is to help Lioli win matches.
“I think I have found my new home in Lioli where the environment is very welcoming from everyone involved with the team and it feels good to be here,” Lekata said.
“Lioli are a big club and we all know what is expected of us as players. I am here to help the team win titles with my goal scoring abilities. I think the experience I have will help me,” said the 30-year old Wesselbron, Free State-born striker.
He said he did not expect to struggle to adjust because he had been following local football for some time and he was already familiar with some players from fierce rivals, Bantu.
“I have being following it the local league for a long time so I think I will adapt in no time. I have also lived in Bloemfontein with some players who are now at Bantu and we always speak so I know what I am up against.”
Meanwhile Lioli vice president, Mothoalo Mothoalo, expressed the hope that the new singings would help Lioli become even a better side.
“These are the players who were recommended by our technical team and we hope they will help revive the team.
“They all signed three year contracts and we hope they will fill in the void left by the players that we released,” Mothoalo said.
Early last month, Lioli released seven players, namely, Cameroonian striker, Junior Maba, Bafokeng Mosala, long-serving midfielder, Tankiso Tabi, Teboho Lekhooa Motlalepula Mofolo and goalkeepers, Mohau Kuenane and Richard Ormbush.
Mothoalo said they were yet to discuss with club legend, Mofolo, on a possible role in the team he served with so much distinction for many years.
“He (Mofolo) has been one of the longest serving players and we want to show him that we appreciate what he has done for the team,” Mothoalo said.