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Sera awaits Celtic verdict

Moorosi Tsiane

ECONET Premier League Player of the Season Motebang Sera, who is currently on trials with the ABSA Premiership side Bloemfontein Celtic, will know his fate tomorrow.

The domestic league’s top goal scorer with 18 goals, who was also named Matlama’s player of the season last weekend, has been on trials at the Bloemfontein outfit since early June where he was invited along with three other players from Bantu Litšepe Marabe, Hlompho Kalake and Lazola Tjokotjokwana.

However, the Bantu trio has since been sent home but Sera remained to train with the Celtic senior team beginning 24 June 2019.

Celtic coach Lehlohonolo Seema recently told our sister paper the Sunday Express that he was impressed with Sera’s work ethic and he would be assessing him again this week before making his final decision tomorrow.

Matlama technical director Mosito Matela told this publication recently that he has been following Sera’s progress and he has been getting positive feedback from Seema.

“I have been following him and the coach is impressed with his work ethic because he is one of the hardest working players I know,” Matela said.

“Seema has been singing his praises but said they are still to make their final decision on whether or not to sign him.”

Matela said he was confident that Sera would get a contract in South Africa even if the Celtic deal fails to materialise.

“He is hard working and I believe in him. Obviously, we are expecting him to sign with Celtic because that will be a good move not only for him but also to Lesotho football.

However, even if the Celtic move fails, I am confident that he will get a team in South Africa because there are other teams who have shown interest in him,” Matela said.

The former Matlama midfielder wished Sera the best and said it would benefit the country to start exporting players to foreign leagues.

“We need to improve as a country and if we are to compete with the best in the region, we also have to be at a stage where we are also able to export players to other foreign leagues.

“It will be really good to have many players playing outside the country because they will come back with more exposure which will benefit our national team.”

Should the move materialise, Sera will be the fifth Lesotho player to sign with Celtic after Tšeliso “Frisco” Khomari, Keteng Lekoaetose Mosala, the late Motlatsi Shale, Lebajoa Mphongoa and Seema.

He will add on to the list of Basotho players, who are playing in South Africa such as Nkoto Masoabi, Tumelo Khutlang, Tshwarelo Bereng and Luciano Matsoso.

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