Matete tipped for Lioli coaching job

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Moorosi Tsiane

FORMER Likuena and Matlama coach, Seephephe Matete, has been named as one of the potential candidates for the Lioli coaching job next season, the Lesotho Times can reveal.

Matete last worked at club level in 2018 when he coached Matlama. He was however, sacked and replaced by Mosito Matela in the second round of the 2017/18 season.

With current coach Morena Ramorebodi’s contract ending this month, the former Likuena midfielder has been tipped as one of the possible successors.

Matete was approached by Lioli in January 2020 to replace Thabile Secker, who left the team towards the end of last year but turned down the offer. Lioli immediately reengaged Ramorebodi.

Approached for comment, Matete, who is also the Lesotho Football Association (LeFA) national teams’ coaches’ coordinator, said he was yet to receive any offers from Lioli. He however, said he was going back to full time coaching next season.

“I will be coaching full time next season either in the premier league or in the first division but Lioli is yet to approach me,” Matete said.

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“Lioli approached me in January but I made it clear to them that I could not join the side in the middle of the season.”

Mochini, as Matete is affectionately known, said he is ready to return to action lest he loses touch.

“During my time as a coach I learnt that you cannot be out of action for three years and expect to remain relevant. So, I have been out for two years, hence I have decided to return next season so that I remain relevant.”

Lioli president technical, Moses Maliehe also played down the rumors saying they haven’t made any decision regarding Ramoreboli’s future.

He said the national executive committee would soon sit down and assess the current coach’s performance before they decide on the next step.

“We are yet to sit down as the management and assess his performance and it is only after that decision that we will make considerations.”

He also confirmed that they approached Matete in January after Secker’s departure.

“For now, we are not looking for a coach. Of course, we approached Matete in January but he was unfortunately unavailable. We however, we have not spoken to him again since then,” Maliehe said.

 

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