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Forgotten Phiri back on his feet

Moorosi Tsiane

MASERU — Forgotten former Likuena marksman, Lire Phiri, believes he still have a few years left for him after making a return to top flight football following a four year self imposed exile. Phiri has rejoined his former team LDF and has already  played for them in a few league matches. The 36 year former premier league top goal scorer decided to temporarily hang up his boots in the 2008/09 season after frustrating years struggling to heal from a niggling knee injury.

“My fitness level is still not up to scratch, but I’m still hungry as I was five seasons ago,” Phiri said. He has so far featured in two matches, two losses suffered in the hands of Mpharane Celtic and Bantu last Sunday. “I’m back again playing and remain confident that will once again find my goal scoring touch to help LDF end a long drought for silverware.

The left footed striker came to prominence while playing for former A division side, Chelsea (local team) and has never looked back winning a few caps with the national team while also  helped LDF win a number of trophies. Phiri told the Sunday Express that he is happy with the progress he has made since coming out of retirement and wants to fire LDF to the winning ways.

“I think the signs were there in the two matches I have played so far and with time I will be playing my best football again,” said Phiri. The towering forward said he is still behind to his teammates as far as his fitness is concerned. “I’m still behind my teammates with match fitness, but I will be fine with a few games under my belt,” he said.

The Tšenola born striker said he is getting a lot of support from his teammates, technical team as well as the club’s management and it will help him get his confidence back to help LFD challenge for honours. “I have played with a number of players in the team and it has not been a problem for me to fit in again,” he said. LDF coach, Motheo “Six” Mohapi, said he is very happy to have the striker back into the team after a self imposed exile.

“I am so delighted that he is back into the game and he came in at the right time when we are desperate for three points,” Mohapi said. “He is very talented and a disciplined player who brings a lot of experience into the team,” said Mohapi. The Army side seems to be going through a dry spell after a good start to the 2013/14 season. Sohle-sohle, as LDF is affectionately known, is on fifth position with 18 points after 10 matches.

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