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Liphakoe chase Tšutšulupa

 

Leemisa Thuseho

LIPHAKOE is trying to bring back their former coach Thabo Tšutšulupa for the 2020/21 season, the Sunday Express can reveal.

The Quthing outfit has already started talks with Tšutšulupa.

“Liphakoe and Tšutšulupa are already in talks but there are still some considerations that the coach and his family are still making,” a source told the Sunday Express on Friday.

The source said Tšutšulupa also has offers from South Africa’s First National Division- GladAfrica Championship side which wants him to be its assistant coach.

“Tšutšulupa has always wanted to come back to Lesotho but he is weighing his options so that he can make the right decision for him and his family,” the source said.

Liphakoe wants to bring back Tšutšulupa after he left the team in January this year citing that he felt the team was in need for a change.

The former Kaizer Chiefs development team coach joined Liphakoe at the beginning of the 2018/19 season and led it to a top eight finish for the first time since its return to the top flight in the 2014/15 season.

This will be the second return for the coach who also rejoined the side in July 2019 having left a month earlier.

Tšutšulupa’s January departure saw the club appointing Teele Ntšonyana as his successor. Ntšonyana and Liphakoe had a six months agreement which ran until the end of last season.

Tšutšulupa left the team at 11th in the table and Ntšonyana maintained the position until March when soccer activities were banned.

Liphakoe communications and marketing manager Tau Sebatli was reluctant to comment on Liphakoe’s interest in retaining Tšutšulupa’s services.

However, he said the team would soon announce its decision on its next coach.

“We are still working on the technical team’s composition but it is true that Ntate Teele’s contract has expired and he is yet to know his fate,” Sebatli said.

Since the end of last season, Liphakoe has lost some key players among them fullback Thabo Matšoele, who left for Matlama.

The club also lost its captain Tlotliso Tumahole, who joined Lijabatho. Midfielder Tšeole Ranthimo has also signed for Linare.

After a six months’ spell with Liphakoe, defender Patrick Nyarko has also left the maroon and gold outfit for Lioli.

Following this mass exodus, Sebatli said the team is out in full force to sign new players to fill the gaps.

 

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