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Khooa tempted to commit his future on Likuena

Former Bantu defender Tsietsi Khooa in yellow jersey

Jan. 16, 2021 2 min read

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FORMER Bantu defender Tsietsi Khooa now in the books of Chippa United in the South African DSTV premiership, says he is temptedto switch his allegiance and play his international football for Lesotho.

The hard tackling back-liner, who was signed by Chippa United under the mentorship of Lehlohonolo Seema in October 2020, came to play his football in the Mountain Kingdom 2016 for Bantu FC and enjoyed a lot of success with A-Matšo-Matebele including playing in the CAF Champions League.

Khooa was among a number of South African players that were playing for the Bloemfontein Celtic development teams and were brought to Lesotho by James Madidilaneduring his time in charge of Bantu.

The 29-year-old just like his former Bantu teammate Maloisane "Chukwu" Ramasimong managed to use the Lesotho Premier League as a stepping stone to greener pastures and returned to his home country to play in the DSTV premiership, where he is also in the books of the Chilli Boys.

Ramasimong was the first to reveal his admiration for the Lesotho earlier this year declaring that he is prepared to switch his allegiance and play his international football with Likuena.

Khooa has since followed suit and announced that he is also tempted to play for Likuena as long as it will not take away the benefits he has as a South Africa like not requiring a work

permit which has over the years worked against a lot of foreign players securing a move to the DSTV premiership.

 "I would love to play for the Lesotho national team. The only problem is that I did not have a problem registering with Chippa because there was no need for me to get a work permit as a South African and I am worried it could be an issue once I switch to play for Lesotho," the defender said.

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"When I came to play in Lesotho, I knew that anything is possible and it could be a stepping stone for me to return to South Africa and play in the PSL. I know that at times it does not matter in which country you are playing because we always have people watching us and following our progress.

"Playing in Lesotho shaped me into a better player and the country is close to my heart. My grandparents are from there and my mum was also born in Lesotho though she was raised in South Africa." 

TS Sporting midfielder-Tshwarelo Bereng, who has played for the likes of Chippa United and Moroka Swallows and former Black Leopards teammates, Luciano Matsoso, are among players that were eligible to play for South Africa or Lesotho and in the end decided to play for Likuena.



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