I have become a better player in Bolivia: Brown

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Mikia Kalati

FORGOTTEN Lesotho international Thabiso Brown says his standards have improved playing in Bolivia and has pleaded with Likuena coach Moses Maliehe to consider him in his future plans.

The former Kick4Life hitmen moved to the South American country after an impressive 2016/17 season with 17 goals to finish as the runner-up to Mojela Letsie (18 goal) for the golden boot award.

Brown admitted that it took him time to get going in the South American country and also had doubts about his career blossoming after joining Bolivia FC.

However, the 23-year-old forward feels his career has seen a lot of growth following a move to Deportivo Sur-Car in September 2018.

Sur-Car campaigns in the seven-team Bolivian Nacional B table, where the top two teams vie for promotion in play-offs.

“Playing here has really helped me a lot,” Brown told the Lesotho Times.

“One of my weaknesses before was jumping and I do not remember scoring with my head while I was still playing at home but I have gathered a lot of confidence and out of the ten goals I have scored, three of them came through my head.

“I think this is one of the fastest leagues in terms of style of playing, so literally I am no longer the same player I was three years back.

“It took me time to adapt but all is good at the moment and I’m scoring goals because it’s the only thing I know. I had a fair season in the recently ended campaign.”

Brown, who netted his first goal for Likuena in the 2015 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers to send Botswana packing, believes he can give Maliehe options in the national team set-up.

“I have worked with Mr Maliehe since 2013 until I left home and I know he believes in team work not individual talent and I think I can help Likuena qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations.

“Even in my absence, I believe the players can still do the job and qualify,” Brown said.

The player said playing in Bolivia could also be a good stepping stone for him to catch the attention of scouts for bigger leagues across the globe.

“Coming here was a very big step although when I first arrived, I thought had taken back steps.

“I think the standards are higher here and it would not stop players from Lesotho coming to play and compete. I think our country is unfortunate not to have resources,” he said.

Brown also said he is set to undergo trails at Bolivian Premier League side Oriente Petrolero from the city of Santa Cruz.

The former Kick4Life striker said he could have easily taken the easy route by going to clubs like Bantu that were interested in his services after an impressive 2016/17 campaign back home but said he is still convinced playing in Bolivia will help him go to bigger leagues.

“Let’s watch in a month or two. Ali Meza of Mamelodi Sundowns played at a team that wants to assess me and also Leonardo Castro of Kaizer Chiefs has also played here.

“We have Samuel Galindo (Bolivian), who has played in the development side of Arsenal in the United Kingdom. I had an offer from Mexico in 2017 which is proof that other better leagues are watching the Bolivian league,” Brown said.

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