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Molatoli bounces back

Mikia Kalati

 MASERU — Veteran coach, Bishop Molatoli, will step in to fill the coaching void left by Motlatsi Shale at Likhopo this season. Likhopo team manager, Qamako Mahao, confirmed to the Sunday Express that the club had decided to replace Motlatsi Shale who has joined Bantu with the veteran mentor.

Molatoli was at the helm when Likhopo twice won the league championship almost a decade ago. “Indeed we have decided that Molatoli is the best man for this position,” Mahao said. “What I can tell you is that there is a serious shortage of quality coaches in the country which is the reason we took the decision to bring him back into the hot seat.”

Molatoli, who is also the owner of the club, has been working as the technical director at the club over the last two seasons.

He will be assisted by Tšeliso Mofolo who was Shale’s second in command over the last two campaigns. “We felt that there was no coach in the market who would fit in our system considering that we are one of those teams that put a lot of emphasis on youth development,” said Mahao. “The problem is that our country does not have those coaches who will bring the right attitude and character into our team and also the passion to develop young talent like Molatoli.”

He said Molatoli’s passion for young talent and his experience led them to call the veteran mentor back into action ahead of the start of the new season where they face LDF in the first week. “We also feel that our youthful squad has matured over the last few years and they will be among clubs challenging for honours in the new season,” Mahao said.

He said they are also in the process of beefing up the squad before the new season kick offs. Mahao tipped talented youngster, Tumelo Makhopo, who was awarded the Young Player of the Season award during the last week of the last season to be their main attraction in the new campaign. He said the youngster, who is only 18, has the potential to replace the late star  Sello “Scalo” Muso who passed away in June. “It will really be hard for us to forget him, but we hope that these young boys in the team will live up to expectations and fill his big boots,” he said. The league season will begin on August 24.

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