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Mokhothu’s Lioli future remains uncertain

Moorosi Tsiane

Lioli Head Coach,  Mosholu Mokhothu
Lioli Head Coach, Mosholu Mokhothu

MOSHOLU Mokhothu’s future as Lioli coach remains uncertain following the team’s failure to defend the Premier League championship last season.

Mokhothu joined Lioli at the start of the 2013/14 season on a one-year contract, taking over from Lehlohonolo Thotanyana, who had delivered domestic football’s biggest prize to the Teyateyaneng-based outfit.

However, Tse Nala, as Lioli are known, were beaten to the league title by rivals Bantu, but had already won the four-team Sandawana Herbal New Life and LNIG Top 8 tournaments.
After his contract expired last month, Mokhothu — who won the Premiership title in 2010/11 and 2011/12 with LCS — is yet to re-commit to the club, but told the Sunday Express he was in negotiations with management over his future.

“We are still negotiating with the Lioli management, and hopefully, by the end of next week, I will be in a position to say something concrete regarding my future at the club,” Mokhothu said.
Mokhothu also said he still needed to decide whether he should continue with his coaching career next season, or take a break to spend more time with his family.
“I am also still undecided about what I want to do next season, because I was planning on taking some time off, to spend more time with my family.
“I have been involved in football for a long time and have not spent as much time as I would have wanted, with my family.
“However, the offers that I will get will determine what happens next, since there are other teams that have shown interest in my services,” said Mokhothu, who is popularly known as “Shoes” by the football fraternity.

For his part, Lioli spokesperson, Moeketsi Pitso, said the management had already spoken to Mokhothu regarding the team’s expectations next season.
“We sat down with him last month and told him about our expectations for the coming season, so the ball is now in his court.
“It is up to him to say whether he can achieve what we are expecting from him or not, because seriously speaking, we have a very good squad that can challenge for honours.
“We are expecting at least two trophies each season, now that we are going to have
four major trophies,” Pitso said.
“We gave him until the club’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 15 June to decide where he stands.”

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