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STAR MIDFIELDER’S BOMBSHELL

Teboho Molapo

 

MASERU — One of Lesotho’s best footballers has dropped a bombshell: he is quitting the game.

At 27, Moli Lesesa is at the prime of a career that has seen him standing out in the Premier League in the last three seasons.

But the midfielder, who was with the relegated Nyenye Rovers on a loan deal, told the Sunday Express he was leaving the game to pursue “other important things in life”.

Lesesa would not reveal what he was going to do.

After a protracted transfer wrangle, the star midfielder became the first player in the history of Lesotho football to have a paid contract when he eventually left Joy for Nyenye Rovers in January.

The Lesotho international has been on a salary of M3 000 a month.

Lesesa was expected to rejoin Joy after his six-month loan deal with Nyenye Rovers expired at the end of the season.

But he told this paper he was rather leaving football because the game could not “support” him financially.

“Next season I won’t be in football,” Lesesa said. “There are commitments that I have to fulfil now.”

“To play competitively has become very difficult,” he added. “Age is talking now and there are things that I have to do. You can’t stay in football full-time.”

Lesesa said he was only prepared to return to football if he could secure another paid contract.

Last September, Lesesa said he would never play for Joy again after problems with the club.

“I don’t have a problem playing in the A Division (with Nyenye Rovers) because they are a team I have come to love,” he said.

“It depends on whether they can agree a deal with Joy or not but I can only play in the second round of the next season.”

Lesesa said he would continue training “but I won’t play competitive football”.

The player said it would help if players in Lesotho’s domestic football — which is played at an amateur level — were paid.

“There are teams that are already giving their players something but it’s not enough to give them a livelihood,” Lesesa said.

“If it was like that it would help a lot of players.”

Lesesa has been was one of the Premiership’s star performers over the past three years and he inspired Joy to an eighth place finish in the 2008/09 campaign.

But the just-ended season started with troubles with Lesesa only featuring in two Premier League games for Joy before January — because of a wrist injury and a transfer wrangle between the Sebothoane side and Nyenye Rovers.

“It was a tough season, but when I look back at it honestly I’m happy with my performance,” he said. “I’m thankful for the support I got from my team.”

Since joining Nyenye Rovers, Lesesa performed admirably and ended the season as the club’s top scorer with five goals.

Nevertheless he was unable to prevent the Leribe side, who were promoted last year, from suffering relegation as they finished 14th in the Vodacom Premier League.

“We didn’t fail. It’s a new team and to finish 14th was not bad,” Lesesa said.

“We were unlucky that the team was promoted in a season where four teams were being relegated.”

Lesesa, who has been capped 24 times for Likuena, said he was saddened at the possibility he might never play for the national team again.

“It would depend if the coach picks me, but you can’t be called if you are not playing,” Lesesa said of his international future.

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