By Moorosi Tsiane
MASERU — Lesotho Senior National team Likuena winger, Litšepe Marabe, is hopeful of better days at his new club, South African National First Division side United FC, following the appointment of his countrymen Leslie Notši and Lehlohonolo Thotanyane to the helm of the team.
The former Bantu player says he is confident that his smooth working relations with his former national team mentor will work wonders towards earning him the much sought after game time he has been struggling to get since joining the Garankuwa-based outfit at the beginning of the season.
Notši quit the national side and assumed duty at the helm of the foreign side about a fortnight ago.
In his first game, Notši registered a 2-1 win over Jomo Cosmos last Sunday.
Meanwhile, the 22-year old dribbling wizard, who has not yet found a place in the starting line-up at his new home pending acquisition of a working permit, hopes that when his time comes he will gel-in nicely with Notši’s first team.
Marabe caught the eyes of many after he scored a cracker that saw Likuena hold former African champions Zambia to a one-all draw in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers played at Setsoto Stadium last year.
The speedy winger said Notši knows his abilities and hence believes that will work to his advantage as soon as his permit issues are solved.
“Having him as a coach at club level, I believe it will be an added advantage to me because he has coached me at national level and he knows my capabilities,” Marabe said.
Marabe said United were poor in defence before Notši took over the reins but given that the former Likuena mentor is a defensive minded coach, he can turn things around and put the team in a better position on the log.
His major highlight as national team coach was leading Likuena to the semi-finals of the Senior Council of South African Football Association (Cosafa) that was staged in Zambia last year, where the team also won honours for scoring the most goals in the competition.