LESOTHO internationals Motebang Sera and Tumelo Khutlang endured mixed fortunes in South Africa as the curtain came down to the 2019/20 ABSA Premiership season last week.
Sera lasted 68 minutes as Bloemfontein Celtic clinched a 3-1 victory over Maritzburg United to book a place in next season’s MTN8 tournament. The former Matlama striker had an impressive first season with Phunya Sele Sele netting seven goals in 19 appearances in all competitions including the much-publicised brace against Kaizer Chiefs.
The Likuena striker will also be aiming to conclude his first season in South Africa with the Nedbank Cup title when Celtic go head-to-head with Mamelodi Sundowns at Orlando Stadium on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Khutlang was substituted at half-time as Black Leopards suffered a 3-0 defeat to new ABSA Premier League champions-Mamelodi Sundowns. The 25-year-old had a difficult campaign making just 10 appearances in all competitions and registering one goal.
The Limpopo outfit finished the campaign in 15th position and must fight for top flight status in the playoffs against Glad-Africa Championship runners up Ajax Cape Town and third placed finishers Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila.
Tshwarelo Bereng, who was also on the books of Leopards, failed to feature for the club in any of its games since the resumption of football in South Africa. The 29-year-old midfielder has since confirmed his departure from the club and is now hunting for a new team.
Elsewhere, former Likuena captain Lehlohonolo Seema led Chippa United to a 1-0 victory over Golden Arrows to finish the campaign 11th. Seema took over the reins at the Chilli Boys in July and oversaw the club’s last six matches of the 2019/20 season.
Chippa registered two victories, two draws and two losses under his mentorship to retain their place in the ABSA Premiership for another season. -lefaorg