MASERU — Premier league champions, Lioli, have added former Joy and Likuena duo of Jeremiah Kamela and Basia Makepe to their ranks as they prepare to defend their league title.
The two players were part of Leslie Notši’s Likuena side that recently reached the semi-finals of the Cosafa Cup and are highly rated by the Tse Nala technical team.
Lioli’s communications and marketing manager, Moeketsi Pitso, told the Sunday Express they are excited after completing the signatures of the two players.
“We were recently advised during the trip to the Free State Institute of Sports Science by the football experts there that we needed a big squad ahead of the tough season that will include defending the league title and playing in the continental Caf Champions League,” Pitso said.
“They told us that a pool of 25 players that we have was not enough and we quickly went for the Joy FC duo of Kamela and Makepe.” Pitso said the two players who have been important members of Joy for the past four seasons will add a lot value to their team.
Makepe who has been the captain of the Hlotse-based side skippered the Lesotho national Under-20 side Makoanyane XI during the Caf Youth Championship held in South Africa in 2011. Kamela missed only one of six Likuena matches during the regional tournament that ended three weeks ago in Zambia.
Kamela told the Sunday Express that he is very excited to be joining a big club such as Lioli. “I will start training with my new team next week Monday and I feel joining them is a big step for my career,” Kamela said.
The left-footed Hlotse-born player said he is looking forward to life at Lioli.“It is a big team always challenging for silverware and I’m confident that I will add value and help the team challenge for more honours in the new season,” he said.
Kamele said he is thankful to Joy where he was promoted from the youth teams until he broke into the first team. “They will also have a special place in my heart, but I wanted to move to bigger teams and take my career to another level,” said Kamela.
He said he hoped that a career with Lioli will be a stepping stone to a bigger league in the near future.