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Qoaling coach eyes league success

Mikia Kalati

MASERU — Qoaling Highlanders coach, Wright Mofoka, says he is looking ahead to an exciting time with the Qoaling-based club after it won promotion into the top-flight league last season.
Mofoka said he is looking forward to continuing the excellent work he started three years ago when he joined the team.
The former Arsenal midfielder has led the Qoaling-based outfit to a number of trophies including last year’s A Division Top 4 title.
Now, with promotion won, Mofoka has already drawn up a target list of new acquisitions and is eagerly getting his teeth into the continued rebuilding of the club that last played in the premier league in 1984.
“My job is to aim as high as we can in the premier league, and not to be among teams that will be fighting relegation,” he said.
“Let’s see how far we can get at the first time asking.
“The real challenge for me is to prepare the team for the best possible start for the first 10 games.
“That will take the pressure off as you’re not in a relegation position every week, which is a constant gnaw at the player’s confidence. That should be the way forward for the club.”
The continued support of both the supporters and management will be crucial to Mofoka’s plans and he admits he could not be happier on that front based on what he has seen in the past three years at the club.
“When you get support like that you are under pressure to deliver, but you are happy to get that support because that’s what you need as a coach,” he said.
With the transfer window opening early this month, Highlanders fans are likely to see several new faces by the time the squad reconvenes in July.
Although winning promotion is the achievement that will live long in the memory of Highlanders fans, Mofoka is realistic enough to know it will not all be plain sailing next season.
“We are going to come up against some of the biggest teams and players in our country.
“To overcome such obstacles, all my players will need to give their all in every game,” Mofoka said.
“As always when in the premier league it is tough to get results, but if we get the right team together and the right team spirit we will give it a right good go.”
Mofoka was delighted that so many of his senior players stood up to the task and helped the team win promotion.
“I was really excited by their hard work and determination, they all had a fantastic season,” added the coach.

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