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Crunch indaba for struggling Likhopo


Moorosi Tsiane

STRUGGLING Vodacom Premier League side Likhopo will hold a crisis meeting on Wednesday in a bid to find solutions to their current woes.

The two-time league champions went into this week’s break third from the bottom of the 14-team table after registering one win, a draw and five losses in the seven matches they have played this season.

The Red Army parted ways with coach Shalane Lehohla towards the end of last season while four senior players Bokang Mothoana, Sefoli Ntoi, Nyakhane Nyakhane and Tefo Maipato had their contracts terminated.

However Likhopo manager Qamako Mahao said the release of the players was not the cause of their struggles and they would meet with the technical team to get to the bottom of the matter.

“We met with players last week before their match against Matlama and we will hold another meeting next week with the technical team and management to find a way out of the situation that we are in at the moment,” Mahao said.

“This is the worst situation we have ever been in during the 15 years I have been involved in the management of this team. It is a new phenomenon because we have a very disciplined team that always works hard but luck has not been on our side as we end up conceding and losing matches.

This is a very complicated situation,” Mahao said.

The former DIFA Maseru president said it was probably a psychological phase that they were going through and it was time they enlisted the help of psychologists.

“I think we are going through psychological pressure and probably the missing link in our football here in Lesotho is in the failure to include psychologists in our team setups.

“I think my players need their services because we cannot say our performances have been poor. We certainly have a good team but goals have not been coming and that has affected their confidence,” he said.

He expressed confidence that the team would survive relegation despite their current rough patch.

“We do not regret parting ways with our senior players last season. That was administrable decision we still stand by and we still have players who can compete,” he concluded.



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