Defender still without a work permit five months after joining South African First Division side Garankuwa United.
Matlama remain confident their former captain, Nkau Lerotholi, would eventually be issued a work permit to play for South African National First Division side, Garankuwa United.
Lerotholi is yet to play for United despite joining the club in July this year. Former national team mentor, Leslie Notši, was still the club’s head-coach, when the hard-tackling defender joined the Gauteng-based team. However, Notši has since left the club due to a poor run of results.
“It’s a worrisome situation for Matlama as a club, and I believe it is also frustrating for the player because we were told by United about a month ago that they were close to getting the work permit, but which has not happened to this day,” Nkhahle told the Lesotho Times on Tuesday this week.
Nkhahle dismissed “rumours” that new United coach, Duncan Lechesa, was planning to return Lerotholi to Matlama as he was becoming increasingly frustrated with keeping a player he could not utilise.
“I have been talking to Nkau and he really wants to play and I hope his situation will be resolved soon. We will write a letter to United to inquire about the player’s situation.
“But what I would like to make clear is that United have not said anything about returning Nkau to us in frustration. They have continued to honour their end of the bargain, including making the agreed payments for the player, which are being done in installments.
“That alone shows that they are still keen on the player, and hopefully, the work permit issue is going to be resolved soon and ensure the player starts playing the game once again.”
Nkhahle added: “Nkau is coming home next week for the Christmas holiday and we will get a chance to discuss the matter in-depth, with him.
“Matlama is Nkau’s home and it is only fair that we help him through this process so that he is back playing competitive football again.”
Meanwhile, Lerotholi is in the same predicament as Bantu striker Litšepe Marabe.
Marabe spent the whole of last season on the sidelines at United after failing to secure a work permit. He had also joined United from Matlama.
However, Marabe joined Bantu at the start of the current season, and is leading the scoring charts with 10 goals.
The Lesotho Times could not get a comment from Lerotholi on his work permit issue.