Khomari eyes football return



Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Communications Science and Technology Tšeliso Khomari
Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Communications Science and Technology Tšeliso Khomari

Moorosi Tsiane

Communications, Science and Technology Principal Secretary (PS) Tšeliso Khomari is looking at purchasing newly promoted premier league side, Super Kingdom (SK) Football Club.

Khomari said he was in talks with the team’s Chinese owner, Hua Gao, popularly known as Messi in local football circles.

Khomari told the Lesotho Times: “What happened was the owner came to me and said he was  leaving Lesotho due to work commitments. He said he would like me to takeover the team, and so I made him an offer. When he left for Botswana last week, I had not received his response. But he later told me the documents had been sent to my office.

“I found the papers he was talking about this week but there were changes now regarding the price; it was much more than what I had tabled. So I am looking for one or two people to partner me in this venture. I have sent out invites to people I think might be interested.”

Khomari, a former player with South Africa’s Frasers Celtic, Maseru United and Hungry Lions, to name but a few of the teams ‘Frisco’ played for, said he was not going to disclose any figures involved in the deal, but was keen on purchasing the team.

However, Gao had a different story about his talks with Khomari, saying he only wanted the PS to run the team because he would not be in Lesotho all the time.

“He will be overseeing things because I now have too much on my plate. I will be working in Botswana, Zambia and Namibia so I won’t have time for the team.

“I have been working with the team since 2011 and it is very close to my heart as its president but my options were very limited and I had to leave it in the hands of someone I can trust,” Gao said.

“He (Khomari) is a former player and has played in South Africa so he understands players and their needs. The fact that he has also been in top management positions makes me trust him with this team.

“The players and management will still be there and taken care of the same way I was doing when I was still around.”

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