MASERU — Talented Lesotho international, Litšepe Marabe, has finally joined South Africa’s First Division club United FC.Marabe, who was in fine form last season, went for trials at Pretoria giants Mamelodi Sundowns before settling for United FC.
Bantu’s communications and marketing officer, Bokang Phasumane, told the Sunday Express that Marabe left the country on Friday to hook up with his new team. “Indeed, everything has been finalised and the player left the country on Friday for his new team,” Phasumane said.
He told this paper that Marabe is now a United FC player although he declined to reveal the figures of the transfer fee paid for his services.
According to sources at the club, United will provide the player with a house, transport and will pocket around M15 000 a month.
Marabe is set to be named the player of the season for the upcoming Vodacom premier league after an outstanding performance last season where his goals nearly won Bantu their first league title. Phasumane admitted that the talented winger will leave a big gap at the Mafeteng-based side ahead of the start of the new season.
“He was the source of goals for the team last season and he leaves a big gap as he leaves for greener pastures,” said Phasumane. Marabe’s star rose after he banged in 15 goals last season. He also scored a dream goal for Likuena in a World Cup tie against Zambia earlier this year.
Marabe rose to prominence after a spell with Lioli development side Hunters.
The dribbling wizard was one of the key players as Matlama won a league and Vodacom Spectacular double in the 2009/10 season. He was also outstanding in 2011 as Matlama registered a historic 2-1 win over Supersport United of South Africa in the second let match of the CAF Champions’ League.
His talents were spotted by Botswana Flamingo Santos, but the player did not have happy days in Gaborone and returned home to join Bantu last season.
Phasumane also told this paper that their fullback, Thapelo Mokhehle, had also returned home after trials with newly promoted Maluti FET that will be playing in the South African First Division this season.
Likuena duo of Thapelo Tale and Katleho Moleko are also on trials at Cape Town Santos. Tale excelled at the recently ended regional Cosafa Cup where he ended the tourney as the second highest scorer.
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