MASERU — Premier league newcomers Nyenye Rovers chairman, Hopolang Ntšeli, says the club will take its time over new acquisitions for the upcoming season.
He admitted that the Maputsoe-based outfit will be under pressure to protect their premier league status and to remain playing top-flight football.
“We are well aware that we need to reinforce the team ahead of the new season, but at the same time we must be realistic and bring players that will improve what we have,” said Ntšeli.
“In essence I believe we are probably on the look-out for only three or maybe four new players. But we are in the very luxurious position of having time; we will not be rushing out into the market-place.
“It will be a lot clearer in the next two weeks who will be coming in and who we will be holding onto,” Ntšeli.
“We want to have a healthy and competitive squad of players that will be manageable throughout the league campaign,” he said.
The rookies will return to training in a fortnight’s time to start preparations for the tough premier season.
Ntšeli said former Likuena and Bloemfontein Celtics striker Lebajoa Mphongoa might continue in the role of player-coach in the new season.
“He is still in good condition to carry on as a player, but his services are mostly needed in the coaching department.”
“Mphongoa brings a lot of experience into the team; the youngsters look up to him as their role model and his presence in our dressing room always works wonders for the team,” he said.
Rovers were relegated at the end of the 2009/10 season. But the Maputsoe-based outfit fought their way back to the elite league winning the single automatic promotion spot in the southern stream at the end of last season.