Lerotholi hopes to make SA debut


Mikia Kalati

Former Matlama captain, Nkau Lerotholi, is expecting to make his Garankuwa United debut tomorrow against Jomo Cosmos in the South African First Division.

Lerotholi joined United in July this year on a two-year contract, but is yet to taste league action as he has been waiting for his work permit.

Speaking with the Lesotho Times this week, Lerotholi said watching his struggling team from the sidelines has been frustrating.

Garankuwa United, who are coached by former Lesotho coach, Leslie Notši, have had a poor start to the 2014/15 season, winning just one of the seven matches they have played so far.

However, Lerotholi believes his new team would soon “turn the corner” and  start winning matches.

“You always feel disappointed when your team is not doing well and cannot help out, but I’m hoping to play my first competitive match this Friday as I have been told everything is close to being finalised,” Lerotholi said on Tuesday.

The national team defender further said he was relishing his first official match for Garankuwa and repay the faith his former national team coach, Notši, has in him.

“Like I said, I’m confident that things will work out so that I start playing my club football again.

“I really want to help the team overcome their poor run and it is just a matter of time before things fall in place.”

Notši, on the other hand, also told the Lesotho Times he had been informed the star-defender’s work permit could be issued this week.

“We really need him in the team so he can help us overcome our poor start to the season,” Notši said.

“In addition to Nkau, we also have other players who are yet to play due to work-permit issues, so once they get their papers, I believe we will be able to reverse this poor form.”

The former Likuena coach further said he was hoping the team’s bad spell would end with Friday’s match against Cosmos, who are eighth on the 16-team National First Division table.

United beat Cosmos in Notši’s first match in charge of the Gauteng-based outfit in February this year, and he is hoping for similar result this time around.


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