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Thotanyana yet to decide on Lioli return

Moorosi Tsiane

FORMER Lioli president Lebohang Thotanyana says he is yet to decide if he will return to save Lioli’s sinking ship.

Lioli have endured a tough season with four top officials quitting this year alone.

Acting president Itumeleng Mpokathe was the last to quit in March. He followed president Tšeliso Tekateka and vice presidents Lehlohonolo Thotanyana and Tšeliso Mou through the exit door

Thotanyana, who is Tekateka’s predecessor, on Friday told the Sunday Express that he was yet to make up his mind after several people approached him to come back and save the team.

Lioli have six premier league titles, four of them won under Thotanyana’s leadership. In total, Thotanyana led the team to 16 major honours.

Apart from the four league titles, Tse Nala also won four Independence Cup titles, six Top8 trophies, one Alliance Winter Challenge and on Bokamoso trophy.

“For now, I can only confirm that there are a lot of people who have approached and asked me to come back and save the team,” Thotanyana said.

“But I haven’t applied my mind on it as yet because when I left, I thought I had done my part and was giving new blood a chance.”

Thotanyana said the current committee “got many things wrong” and this has led to its downfall.

“I tried to warn them that they were in the wrong but they refused to listen. I had not entertained the thought of going back before several people started asking me to do so.”

Lioli assistant communication and marketing manager Motlatsi Mofokeng confirmed that the team would soon call a special conference to elect a new committee.

“Due to the resignation of the committee members, it has been agreed that we co-opt new people who will hold the fort until the season ends then we will call a special congress where a new committee will be elected,” Mofokeng said.

However, Mofokeng said they were yet to decide the new dates and the nominees.

“We haven’t decided the dates. The resolution was that we would go for elections at the end of the season. So, for now, there are no nominees for any of the positions,” Mofokeng said.

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