Bantu’s M20 000 acquisition scores brace on debut
Attacking midfielder Lebajoa Mosehlenyane is over the moon following a dream start at Bantu on Sunday.
Mosehlenyane scored twice as A Matšo Matebele won 4-1 against Likila United in the opening match of the second round of the 2015/16 Vodacom Premier League season.
The 24-year-old told the Lesotho Times that leaving his home team, Linare, was never an easy decision as it angered some family members who did not want him to leave Tse Tala.
“It was all about my football career and nothing else. I had to make my family understand the decision as it was all about taking my career to another level,” Mosehlenyane said.
“I think the sweetest part of moving to Bantu was scoring on my debut. To be honest, I did not expect it at all, but I am very happy to have announced my arrival here with a bang because it was important to do so.”
The former youth international said it was not that difficult for him to settle at his new team as he had played with the likes of Litšepe Marabe and Tsebang ‘Owen’ Lebata for the national team.
“I must thank the Bantu management and my new teammates for helping me settle down so quickly and feeling at home,” he said.
“It is because they welcomed me that I was able to do the talking on the field of play that easily. The target is now to repay the club for investing in me and I can only do this by scoring goals and helping the team improve their position on the log.”
Mosehlenyane has now scored six league goals and is three behind top scorer, Lehlomela Ramabele of Lioli. With his eyes firmly set on the national team, Mosehlenyane said he was determined to hard to make it into Likuena once again.
“Joining Bantu was part of my goal to find my way to the top. My career was not improving at Linare and was at a point where I felt I had done enough for my home team,” Mosehlenyane said.
“I want to reach the top level again and believe Bantu are the right team for me to be among the best players in the country again.
“I played for the national under-20 team that qualified for the African Youth Championship in 2011 and like I said, my focus now is on winning a place in the national team,” he said.
“I believe I have the ability to do that and all I should do now is work hard and improve my game .
“It felt bad seeing my former teammates playing for the national team while I was not there and now is the time for me to make up for that lost time,” he said.
Mosehlenyane, who made a name for himself while at Mpharane Celtic, has credited his former coach, Freeze Ntene, for the player he is today.
“He is the one coach who has always encouraged me because he believes in my talent,” he said.
Bantu president, John Leuta, told the Lesotho Times the club was expecting a lot from Mosehlenyane, and was happy that he had started his career on a high.
Leuta also revealed that Bantu paid M20 000 for Mosehlenyane.
“We very satisfied with his immediate contribution and it looks like a good buy already,” Leuta said.
“It was important for the team to overcome the poor performance from the last matches of the first round and he helped us do just that.
“The problem for our team in the first round seemed to be getting the goals, but it looks like he is the answer to that challenge. He should have scored a hat trick in his first match and played a big role in the third goal in the big win over Likila United,” he said.
Meanwhile, Lioli maintained their position at the top of the table with a 3-0 win over bottom-of-the-table LMPS.
Star midfielder Tšoanelo Koetle struck twice, with Obakeng Modirwa scoring the other goal to take Tse Nala to 33 points.
Mpho Matsinyane was the hero as Matlama clinched their ninth win of the season to remain in second spot— four behind the leaders.
Last weekend’s results at a glance
Saturday: Likhopo 2-1 LDF, Mphatlalatsane 2-5 Liphakoe, Kick4Life 2-0 Rovers.
Sunday: Lioli 3-0 LMPS, Bantu 4-1 Likila United, Linare 2-1 LCS, Sundawana 0-1 Matlama.