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Ramathe courts coaches with hard work

Moorosi Tsiane

Lioli center back Tseliso Ramathe says he is aiming to impress the new technical team to break into the team’s first 11 as they march into the new season next month.

Ramathe joined Tse Nala in January this year from Matlama and failed to cement his place in a 3-5-2 formation employed by the former coach Morena Ramorebodi.

The towering defender now has to convince the new coaching pair of Lehlohonolo Thotanyana and Mosholi Mokhothu that he indeed deserves a place in their team.

Ramathe told the Sunday Express recently that he is enjoying working under the new coaches and he hopes to break into the team through hard work.

“I arrived here in January and I played three matches but I got injured and missed three months and only got to play just the last four games which I think was not too bad,” Ramathe said.

“I am aware that the new technical team comes with its own expectations but I am ready to work hard and see how it goes.”

The former national under-20 player said he is faced with stiff competition from Sheetsane Ramoseeka, Kopano Tseka and Khotso Tsolo who are playing in a same competition.

“We have five center backs in the team namely Kopano, Khotso, Sheetsane and one foreigner who is on trials so the level of competition is very high. There is space for only two centre backs in a team so I have to work very hard to make it.

“Now the focus is on this weekend’s Alliance Winter Challenge because I think it is in the pre-season tournaments where coaches try their combinations so I have to keep working hard,” said Ramathe.

“I think things are a bit different now because we did not have enough time with the previous coach for him to know all the players since he arrived midseason. However, the new coaches started with us in the pre-season and this will give everyone in the team a fair chance to convince them with their work,” Ramathe said.

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