Fare thee well Bullock

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Moorosi Tsiane

CHRIS Bullock has publicly announced that he will be ending his seven-year stay as director of football at Kick4Life when his contract ends this month.

The announcement has shocked many football supporters considering the massive development that he brought to the club. In his very first year, he helped the team earn promotion into the premier league.

He was also integral in improving the Kick4Life women’s team which, a side that went on to pick up its first major trophy in 2018 when it bagged the Super League Cup.

Bullock is also believed to have played a major role in helping five Lesotho players namely; Lesia Thetsane, Morapeli Lesoetsa, Mako Makoanyane, Senate Letsie and Boitumelo Rabale acquire football scholarships in the United States of America.

It thus is a relief that while he is leaving, he will continue assisting the club as an advisor.

There is no doubt that Bullock has been a great asset to Lesotho football that he is leaving, especially when some had thought he would be a suitable replacement for Salemane Phafane when he finally decides to leave his post as Lesotho Football Association (LeFA) president.

Talk of his imminent departure has for long been in hushed tones and Bullock himself has played his cards close to the chest but all the same, my hope is that he is departing Kick4Life for a local destination for the value he gives to Lesotho football.

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In my engagements with Bullock, he struck me as an individual with a palpable passion for Lesotho soccer. Here is a man who was willing to go all out to change for the better. The developments at Kiick4Life are ample proof of his exploits.

It thus is very unfortunate that in the end he is leaving the team when it is showing immense potential to do better.

The million-dollar question for now is, where is Bullock headed?

For now, all we know is that he is not leaving the country and rumour has it that he is heading to another local team.

If there is any truth in the rumour, at least Kick4Life’s loss is not particularly Lesotho’s loss. I hope he indeed stays so that the country can continue tapping into his immense expertise.

We have seen what he has done with women’s football in his time as chairperson of the Women Super League Management Committee (WSLMC).

The league, which was revamped about five years back, has 10 teams and one competition, the Top4.

His services will surely be missed at the Old Europa outfit. I wish Bullock well in his new endeavours.

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