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Maliehe back at Lioli

Moorosi Tsiane

MASERU — The national under 20 football team Makoanyane XI coach, Moses Maliehe has been re-appointed head coach of Pre­mier league defending champions Lioli this week, the Sunday Ex­press can reveal.

Lioli communications and mar­keting manager, Moeketsi Pitso confirmed the re-appointment of Maliehe to the helm of the Berea outfit.

Maliehe who was born and bred in Berea, returns to his home team which he had a spell with in his playing days and as coach in the 1999/2000 season.

According Pitso, the re-ap­pointed coach comes hot on the heels of former coach, Lehlo­honolo Thotanyana, who left the team for the South African na­tional first division side United FC together with the former Li­kuena and Lioli coach, Leslie Notši.

Pitso said Maliehe’s interna­tional experience in coaching will be an added advantage to Lioli as they are expected to hoist the national flag in the coming Confederation of African Foot­ball (CAF) championships set to commence next month where Li­oli will face Primero de Agosto of Angola away, before a second leg encounter back at home a week later.

“He has international coaching experience and I believe it will help our team a lot coming into the Caf championships prelimi­nary rounds set for next month,” Pitso said.

Maliehe was in charge of the Makoanyane XI side which host­ed 13 other nations in the re­cent Council of Southern African Football Association Under 20 youth in December.

He said he was happy to be put in charge of a team of Lioli’s cali­bre which has experienced and quality players, adding that their main challenge was bringing to­gether a winning combination to help the team to maintain their premier league title.

“I am happy with my new posi­tion and I hope I will be able to help the team retain their pre­mier league title.

“They have quality and expe­rienced players and the biggest challenge is to see that the play­ers combine well and understand each other,” Maliehe said.
Meanwhile he was quick to point out that he would not quit his role as head coach of the na­tional under 20 side.

“I am not leaving Makoanyane, I will still be available for the team whenever they need my ser­vices,” said Maliehe.

He will work with the coach­ing duo of former LCS coach Mosholu Mokhothu and Thabile Seeka.
Lioli ended the first round of the premier league in second po­sition trailing two points behind log leaders Bantu.

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