America-based Lepekola Seetane has been roped into the United 1996 coaching department.
Seetane (21) was a midfielder for the team and has been nursing injuries hence his decision to go into coaching.
A statement released by the club indicated that Seetane assumed the new role at the start of this month after spending six years playing for the team.
The statement reads: “United 1996 FC welcomes Lepe Seetane to our coaching staff. Lepe played for United 1996 FC for six years and was one of the best players United ever had. Later he went on to Northwestern University on a soccer scholarship where he was a starter for four years. Welcome Lepe.”
Seetane told the Sunday Express from Louisville that he was coaching United’s youth team.
“Life has been good, generally, for me, but you also meet challenges on a daily basis. One just needs to focus on what we are here for,” Seetane said.
“I last played last year and since then, I have been recovering from head, neck and back injuries so I decided to take another route on my football journey. I was promoted to the coaching staff this month and I am in charge of the youth team. I am doing coaching training to acquire my full licence.”
Seetane said he decided to move into coaching as he did not want to be away from the game.
“I love football and I couldn’t just do without it, so I decided to take this route to be close to the game,” he said.
Asked if he would be coaching in Lesotho one day, Seetane said: “I haven’t thought about it as yet because the focus now is on getting my license and coaching at a higher level. But I can’t rule out the possibility of coming back home in future. In fact, it is something I will be pleased to do.”