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Lioli keeper welcomes additional challenge


Liteboho Mokhehle
Liteboho Mokhehle

Moorosi Tsiane

Lioli goalkeeper Liteboho Mokhehle has welcomed the additional challenge for the number-one spot after the club signed Likhopo stopper Kananelo Makhooane last week on a three-year-deal.

Makhooane’s arrival means Mokhehle would be competing against two national team goalies as Mohau Kuenane is also at the club.

Mokhehle was the team’s first-choice keeper last season, leading the Teyateyaneng-based outfit to premier league glory.

However, the signing of Makhooane means Tse Nala would now have three of the best goalies in the country.

“It is good that our management has decided to add another quality keeper to the team as that will push us to work even harder. It is not going to be easy for any of us to make the starting spot, but I will work hard as always, to play my part if called upon to do so,” said Mokhehle, a former member of the national team, Likuena, who won the 2014/15 Vodacom Premier League goalkeeper of the season award.

“Last season, I was extremely fit which is why I had such a good season. We were training twice a day—at Lehakoe in the morning and later at Maseru Club—and this gave me an advantage over Mohau as he was only training once a day.

“But with Kananelo now in the team, it means I have to work even harder and I guess the coach will have a hard time when it comes to selecting the goalkeeper of the day. But I still hope to retain my position in the team, although I know it won’t be easy.”

According to Mokhehle, he was now working on improving his ball-distribution and communication with the defence.

“I had a very good season and the awards I won were ample proof of my form. However, I feel I have to improve my ball-distribution and communication as these are some of the most important aspects of the game. It is not that they are terrible but I have to always be at my best,” he said.

Asked if he still wants to play for Likuena, Mokhehle said “My focus is on Lioli; that is my priority at the moment.

“I don’t think I ever want to play for Likuena again as there is too much politics in the team, and I don’t want to find myself involved in any of them.

“I am satisfied with where I am right now and I want to keep it that way.”

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