By Mikia Kalati
MASERU — Lioli star player, Tšepo Seturumane, is the favourite to be among the big winners in today’s Vodacom Premier League awards set for Lesotho Sun.
The talented left-footed striker banged 16 goals last season to earn himself the top goal scorer award ahead of Litšepe Marabe who fell short with one goal in the race for the golden boot award.
Lehlohonolo Thotanyana, who led Lioli to the league title last season, told this paper that he would not be surprised if Seturumane is among the big winners today’s awards.
“I won’t really be surprised if he scoops a few awards because he had an outstanding season and his goals were very vital as we won the league title,” Thotanyana said.
“He was among our most consistent players throughout the season and is a strong contender for a number of awards.”
Thotanyana who will be working as Lioli’s technical director after being replaced by Mosholu ‘Shoes’ Mokhothu as coach, said the talented striker has a bright future ahead of him.
“I was very impressed that he did not even panic when he was handed his first cap for the national team in the World Cup qualifier against Ghana in June,” said Thotanyana.
“He is a naturally gifted player and is always high on confidence and he proved that when he was handed his first cap in such an important match,” he said.
The striker also opened his account for Likuena during the recent Cosafa Cup in Zambia. He is also in contention for the Young Player of the Season as well as the league’s Player of the Season awards.
Seturumane faces strong competition from his teammate, Tšoanelo Koetle, for the Player of the Season award.
The gifted Tšenola born player played a pivotal role as Tse Nala won the league title.
Marabe who recently joined South Africa’s First Division side United FC is also in contention for a number of awards alongside the likes of LCS Ralekoti Mokhahlane.
Lioli’s young goalkeeper, Liteboho Mokhehle, is also in contention for the Goalkeeper of the Year award as he was one of a few goal-minders who had regular football last season.
Mokhehle replaced long-time Lioli first choice goalkeeper, Mohau Kuenane, who had a troubled season of injuries and off the field problems with his club.
Awards are to be handed at the Vodacom Premier League awards ceremony tomorrow