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Matlama target Lioli star

Moorosi Tsiane

Reigning Econet Premier League Champions, Matlama, are targeting Lioli and Makoanyane XI star midfielder Tumelo Makha in a bid to reinforce its squad ahead of the upcoming 2019/20 campaign.

According to sources close to the player, he has already met with the Matlama management and the two parties are on the brink of finalising the move.

The source said the negotiations have gone on well between the two parties and what is left is for them to ink a deal.

“He wants to play for Matlama and from what I know, the move is likely to happen as the two parties are only left with finalising the deal,” the source said.

Contacted for comment, Matlama technical director Mosito Matela could neither confirm nor deny the rumour but said they are indeed reinforcing their team.

Matela said they are looking to reinforce their team for next season as they are faced with a heavy schedule of also playing in the CAF Champions’ League.

“The only thing that I can tell you is that we are indeed already reinforcing our team for next season because we are playing in the CAF Champions’ League next season.

“It is going to be a tough schedule and we are going to need a big pool of players but for now, I will not be revealing the names of the players whom we are targeting,” Matela said.

Matela said they want to reinforce their striking department and the midfield as their star striker Motebang Sera’s future with the team is uncertain while the team also has players who are nearing retirement.

“We have to reinforce our striking and midfield departments. We are still unsure whether or not Sera will still be with us next season considering he has already gone for trials in the just ended season and may soon leave. So we want to ensure that we have that gap covered should he leave.

“At the same time, we need to boost our midfield because we need a long term plan. We don’t want to find ourselves in a situation where our team is left with aged players only. So, most of the players we will be signing are youngsters but also we have to go for experience because we cannot afford to go to the CAF with an ordinary team,” Matela said.

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