By Mikia Kalati
MASERU — The Likuena duo of Mohau Kuenane and Lehlomela Ramabele are on trials with South Africa’s First Division side Maluti FET College.
The two players alongside Bantu defender Thapelo Mokhehle have been training with the club who are preparing for their first season in the South African First Division.
Katleho Moleko and Thapelo Tale could also be playing in South Africa next season as well as Litšepe Marabe who has already signed a contract with United FC.
Tale and Moleko returned to Cape Town Santos last week after impressing during trials with the former South African champions who missed a chance to return to top-flight football in the promotional playoffs.
Moleko told this paper last week that they had been called back to finalise the paperwork and personal agreements.
Lioli’s communications and marketing manager, Moeketsi Pitso, told the Lesotho Times that Kuenane had the club’s blessings to attend trials with the Free State-based club.
“Indeed, we gave the player the go ahead to attend trials with Maluti,” Pitso said.
He said the new South African First Division side has shown interest to acquire the services of Kuenane.
Kuenane, who had a troubled 2012-13 season due to injuries and off the field problems with Lioli, played a few games for Tse Nala en route to winning the championship last season.
He had become the first choice goalkeeper for Likuena over the last two years but a nagging knee injury in recent months had seen LCS’s Kholuoe Phasumane taking his place in the national team.
He is also one of the longest serving members of the Lioli team having won the league title with Tse Nala in the 2008-09 season and last season again.
Another of the players to have impressed Maluti, is talented Qoaling-born Mokhehle who is in the books of Bantu.
The fullback has been training with Maluti for the past three weeks.
Bantu’s communications and marketing manager, Bokang Phasumane, told this paper that the defender was expected to have returned home last weekend after playing a series of friendly matches for Maluti.
“He was due in the country last weekend and the fact that he has returned shows that they want to continue assessing him.
“We are still waiting for them to revert back to us regarding the player or table an offer for his services,” he said.
Likuena lanky striker Tšepo Lekhooana is already in the books of Maluti.