Matsoso must get his house in order


Moorosi Tsiane

LIOLI attacker, Luciano Matsoso, has been invited for trials by Uzbekistan Super League side, PFC Lokomotiv Tashkent.

Matsoso, who once plied his trade for Polish side, MKS Oskar Preyzucha, joined Lioli in January this year on a six months deal which ends this month.

During his stay at Lioli, Matsoso failed to make any difference in the side, which has also been struggling having gone for three seasons without a League title.

While it is every player’s wish to one day play abroad, I just hope Matsoso could have a more discerning eye.

The 25-year-old attacker has not been stable for the past four seasons, moving from one team to the other. His recent track record is by no means good for any player’s consistency.

In the last four seasons, which include his two-year stay with ABSA Premiership side, Black Leopards, where he didn’t play any competitive match, Matsoso has failed to put anything tangible on the table.

Matsoso was first called into the Likuena fold by Moses Maliehe in 2016 when he was still playing South African National First Division side, Roses United.

He has consistently appeared in the national side since then but has nothing to show for it. In fact, many fans have even questioned why different coaches have continued calling him up when he has not done anything significant for the team.

I am aware that every player wants to play abroad but I believe Matsoso must first establish himself locally first before going overseas. He must be consistent first and probably win the league.

Lioli has already showed no interest in keeping him for the next season after his contract expires this month because his performance has been far below par.

Before accepting the invitation to Uzbekistan, Matsoso must introspect on his career and determine where he really wants to be in five years. After all, he is just 25.

Without that introspection, he will continue changing teams every other season until he is too old to kick the ball.

Apart from everything else, he must establish why no team wants to keep him more than two seasons. A soccer player’s life is simple, if a team wants you, it keeps you. It ties you down with a lengthy contract. However, that is not the case with Matsoso.

Changing teams every other season simply means that you have no value.

I think he has potential but he must get his head straight before its loo late. He is not getting any younger.

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