Kick4Life’s ambitious rebuilding exercise


Moorosi Tsiane

FOLLOWING the unveiling of seven new acquisitions this week, Kick4Life coach Bob Mafoso says they will leave no stone unturned in their chase for an improved finish in the forthcoming season.

The Old Europa outfit finished fifth last season and Mafoso told the Lesotho Times that they are targeting a better finish in the coming 2019/20 season.

Headlining the signings is former Bantu and national under-20 defender Johannes Molapo (23), right back Tanki Seoli (21) from Sefothafotha, left back Teboho Ramothobi (28) from Lijabatho (ABC Motsepe League), center back Innocent Matlapeng Ncala (24) from Free State Stars.

Kick4Life also announced that they have secured the services of Bantu shot stopper Lebohang Nkieane on a season long loan and will also be promoting two players Lerole Motinyane (goalkeeper) and Molemohi Phasumane (centre back) from their development team.

Announcing the new signings, Mafoso said this is meant to boost their squad ahead of a predictably tough season.

“We lost many players (11) at the end of last season but I think we have managed to find their replacements as we are announcing seven today and will unveil another five, probably next week,” Mafoso said.

“We still have a few issues to iron out with the remaining five. Our target is to do better than we did last season and we are hopeful that these players will help us to achieve that. We tried to sign quality players who are still young while they have considerable experience.”

The former Bantu assistant coach admitted that it was risky to make such wholesale changes in the team but said it was one they were willing to take as they are in a phase of buttressing the team he inherited from former coach Leslie Notši at the beginning of last season.

“Every change comes with risks but at the end we needed to make this bold decision. We are in the process of rebuilding this team. All the players who left had run out of contracts and some were ageing.

“I think the quality that we have tried to bring will help us towards all that we want to achieve with this team. We know that it is not going to be easy but I think it’s worth a try,” he said.

Kick4Life director of football Chris Bullock also said they will be patient with their technical team as they believe in the measure that have been put in place.

“We will give him (Mafoso) time to work and rebuild the team because as much as we also need to compete, this is a long-term project and we want all our teams from the development team right up to the top to have a similar philosophy. So, we need to be patient with the technical teams,” Bullock said.

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