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Lioli ’keeper eyes Swaziland move


Moorosi Tsiane

LIOLI’S first choice goalkeeper, Liteboho Mokhehle, has set his sights on joining Swaziland premier league outfit, Mbabane Swallows after undergoing a two week trial stint at the club.

The 2015/16 Vodacom Premier League Goalkeeper of the Season left the country a fortnight ago to try his luck with Swallows who are nicknamed Umkhonto KaShaka.

Mokhehle recently told this publication that all went well during the trial stint and it was now left for Swallows to begin talks with for Lioli for his services.

“I must say that things really went well for me and they (Swallows) have shown an interest in singing me,” Mokhehle said, adding, “what is only left is for them to write to Lioli to start negotiations”.

The former Likuena goalkeeper said the level of football in Swaziland was ahead of local standards but expressed confidence in his ability to cope.

“They are better than us and they do things differently.  The environment is good, the players are good but I don’t think I will struggle to fit into the team. I just need to put my head down and focus on what I came to do and all will be well.”

He rubbished talk that he left without his team’s blessings, saying he had kept in touch with the Lioli president, Lebohang Thotanyana and all was well.

“It is not true (that he left without Lioli’s consent). I have kept in touch with the (Lioli) president ever since I arrived here and if that wasn’t the case I don’t think we would still be talking.”

For his part, Thotanyana confirmed that Mokhehle informed him that he was invited for the trials but added that he had not received the invitation letter from Swallows.

“He (Mokhehle) told me that he was invited for trials and we are happy for him.

“But I told him that Swallows should also inform us because he is still our player but we are yet to receive their letter.

“We wouldn’t unnecessarily deny any of our players such opportunities but the teams that are interested in buying them must understand they are also valuable to us so we need to be compensated for us to be able to groom or buy replacements,” Thotanyana said.




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