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Lesesa happy to be playing again

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Teboho Molapo
MASERU — New Nyenye Rovers signing Moli Lesesa says his main aim is to get back into the Likuena fold.
The 26-year-old defensive midfielder completed a six-month loan move from Joy to Nyenye Rovers earlier this month, in the process becoming the first player in Lesotho’s history to be awarded a contract and have a fixed monthly salary.
Lesesa — who has 24 international caps — only played twice for Joy before his dream move because of a protracted wrangle over his signature and as a result missed-out on Lesotho’s Cosafa Senior Challenge campaign in October last year.
“I was frustrated because of the national team — that was what I was worried about. The biggest pride in our football is the national team and it is my aim, the next time the squad is announced my name would be there,” Lesesa said.
Lesesa is one of Joy’s founding players, having been with Sebothoane since their days in the C-Division in 2000.
Lesesa spent the 2005/06 season in the Premiership with fellow Leribe side Mphatlalatsane, before returning to Joy when they won promotion to the topflight league during the 2006/07 campaign.
“I needed a change,” Lesesa said of his move.
“I’m also happy because the team’s base is close to my home area. That was one of the reasons why I decided to join Nyenye Rovers. Everything is fine here and the club is treating me well,” Lesesa said.
Lesesa, who originally comes from Likitlane, near Maputsoe, will stay with Nyenye Rovers until the end of the season.
He said it would be down to the two clubs whether he would continue with Nyenye Rovers beyond the current period.
“That will be determined by the next six months. If Nyenye want to extend my contract, then the two teams would have to talk,” Lesesa said.
But Lesesa also admitted being the first player in Lesotho to have a contract would increase pressure on him.
“It comes with a price, but you have to look at it in a positive way. You know how football is — opposition players are going to make it something special,” Lesesa acknowledged.
Meanwhile, Lesesa’s primary goal will be to help Nyenye Rovers — who were promoted to the topflight league for the first time last year — avoid relegation.
Nyenye Rovers are third from bottom in the Vodacom Premier League and last Saturday, lost 1-5 to LDF at Ratjomose.
But Lesesa still managed to put-in a good display, capped-off with a coolly taken penalty.
“Relegation doesn’t happen when I am around. When I came back to Joy from Mphatlalatsane in 2006, they were in trouble but we didn’t get relegated, and the club knows that I helped them a lot,” Lesesa said.
Nyenye Rovers face a tough list of fixtures.
They are away to Matlama when the second round  kicks off next weekend before matches against Likhopo and Lioli.

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