‘I must hang up now’

MASERU — Former Lesotho international Kabelo Mosothoane is considering hanging his boots.

He is 35.

The veteran Linare striker, one of Lesotho’s first exports to South African football, is however still needed by his club.

“I have played a long time and there is nothing that I can say I’m playing for now,” Mosothoane told the Lesotho Times this week.

“Physically I’m still fine,” he said.

“But I’ve moved from Hlotse and I’m now based in Maseru.

“Training at my age is very important and I’m unable to train.

“I feel I can still match any player in the league.”

After a slow beginning to last season, Mosothoane caught fire towards the end of the campaign and ended with a tally of six goals.

That is why Linare are refusing to let him go.

“He wants to retire but we still need him,” Linare general secretary Thato Molapo said yesterday.

“The club would prefer to have him carry on and if he wants to retire he should do it during the season so that we can give him a proper send-off.”

Mosothoane said he would consider the club’s proposal after discussions.

“I was told by the club to hold on and we are going to have discussions,” he said

“If they convince me otherwise I wouldn’t want to be a regular in the team.

“I wouldn’t mind helping from time to time. I can be there when the team needs me.”

He added: “If I depart I don’t think the team would suffer too much.

“I think they have a ready-made replacement in Pita Matekane.”

Mosothoane began his career with Linare before a successful spell at Rovers whom he helped to the top-flight league title in 1996.

He was then snapped up by South African Premier League giants Orlando Pirates.

However, after an unsuccessful two-year spell at Pirates, Mosothoane returned home to join Likhopo whom he helped to the championship.

Mosothoane rejoined his home town club Linare two seasons ago.

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