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Mohale set to coach Matlama

By Teboho Molapo

MASERU — Former Matlama assistant coach Mokoena Mohale, 34, is set to bounce back as the club’s new coach, the Sunday Express has learnt.
Sources within the club said Mohale was contacted by the team’s management about two weeks ago and is set to be offered the job of head coach.
The sources said Mohale has been the Matlama national executive committee’s choice for some time
“He (Mohale) was called by Matlama to sort out his qualifications,” a source said on Wednesday.
“He looks set to take over the hot seat.”
Mohale was assistant coach to Ntebele Taole when Matlama won the league and cup double in the 2009/10 season.
The source said the only sticking point was that Mohale still needed to satisfy new Lefa demands that all premier league coaches should have proper qualifications.
They said a large part of Matlama fans would have wanted Taole to return to the helm but his relationship with the current board is shaky.
Taole reportedly did not take kindly to interference from the board and this is said to be one of the reasons he was sacked even though he led the team to it’s team’s first league title in seven years.
Matlama have been forced to secure a coach quickly in order to stop a potential exodus of quality players from the club.
Defender Motiki Mohale who starred for the Under-20 team and is in Leslie Notši’s Likuena training squad is set to join Lerotholi.
Litšepe Marabe, who is currently on trial outside the country, is wanted by Bantu.
Approached for comment Matlama communications and marketing manager, Lesolle Phalatsi, said they would not contemplate selling Marabe to any local team.
“It’s not an option.
“Matlama is the only club in the country that can do his talents justice.
In my view he is a superstar,” Phalatsi said.
Phalatsi declined to comment on Marabe’s whereabouts but said “four players” were outside the country for trials.
Matlama endured a disastrous 2010/11 season surrendering both their crowns and finishing outside the top four.
Tse Putsoa, which is one of Lesotho’s most successful clubs, have been without a coach since the departure of Motlalepula Majoro in April.
They finished the season under a four-man coaching team of senior players — Matsoai Shokhoe, Lehlohonolo Mokhele, Sello Seholoholo and Nkau Lerotholi.

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