PREMIERSHIP side Kick4Life has parted ways with seven players in a bid to overhaul its squad, the Lesotho Times has learnt.
The Old Europa side, which ended the season in fifth place, has already announced that long serving captain, Moruti Thamahane, Likano Tele, Bokang Mothoana, Thabo Masualle, Rorisang Moabi, Rasetabele Kalosane and Olomo Desire are leaving.
In an interview with this publication early this week, Kick4Life coach Bob Mafoso admitted that they are going to effect a lot of changes in terms of playing personnel of his team next season.
Mafoso said they will be faced with a tough challenge of finishing in an improved position next season.
“For now, only those seven have been officially informed but the numbers are going to be more than that,” Mafoso said.
“We are just waiting to finalise few processes then all the names of the players leaving will be revealed.”
He said the contracts of most of the players who will be leaving have lapsed and will not be renewed.
He also said that if they are to reinforce the team, they will have to let other players go to make way for new players.
“Most of the players’ contracts have lapsed and some will be ending soon, so we are not going to renew them. We need to reinforce the team depending on how we want to play next season.
Due to our budget allocation for salaries, to get the players that we are targeting, we have to let go of others. These things happen. When you have to reinforce you need to see others leaving,” he said.
The former Rovers midfielder said he appreciates the work his players put in in the just ended season but said some of them are also old and will have to make way for younger ones.
“It is not a matter of whether or not they were doing enough, they gave us all that they could. We are grateful for the work that our team put in the just ended season but we are going to do things differently next season. We want to play with a lot of intensity which will not be easy with older players.
“Apart from that, we are embarking onto a long term project and that means we have to sign new players who are younger.”
Mafoso said the reinforcements will be for all departments.
“We need two center backs, a striker and midfielders. We need to see that the competition improves in the team. When I arrived here, I found this team as it is and I didn’t have enough time to make any changes, so we need to add what we didn’t have in the just ended season.”
Mafoso said the decision to lay off some of the players was not personal but a professional one.
“Changes will always affect people either in a good or bad way but at the end, we know they were still bound to happen and now it’s time. Other teams are also busy scouting for players for next season, so we also need to ensure that we improve our team. There is nothing personal about this decision,” Mafoso said.
On letting Thamahane go, Mafoso said the decision was influenced by his availability as he is a teacher.
“Our difference with the teams that are doing well is that they have enough time to train and that’s what we are looking at. We want players who are available. I talked to him trying to see if he was interested in joining us in the technical team but he showed no interest.
“The ball is now in his court whether he wants to come or go and look for a new team.
“We have also made few signings but we are not going to announce the names now until everything is finalised with their teams. We will go as far as searching for players in South Africa as well,” Mafoso said.