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Leopards lifeline for Khutlang

Black Leopards forward Tumelo Khutlang


Jan. 19, 2021 2 min read

2 min read


LIKUENA forward Tumelo Khutlang is delighted to be back in the picture at Black Leopards, following a frustrating period of being frozen out of the first team activities since the start of the 2020/2021 season.

Khutlang, who joined Leopards after impressing them while playing for Likuena at the 2018 COSAFA Cup that was held in Polokwane, is yet to feature for the club this season having not been registered with the South African Premier League as the Limpopo side had exceeded its foreign quota. 

However, the Limpopo outfit announced in the South African media earlier this week that Khutlang will be registered to play again following the departure of Madagascar international Andriamirado Andrianarimanana, which opened a foreign slot for the Lesotho international.

“I’m delighted to be back in the picture at the club. It was not easy at all for me being out frozen in the cold,” Khutlang admitted.

“I was weighing all my options including getting a team in the First Division in order to get another chance to play again. We tried to force some transfer, but in the end things failed to materialise because of financial issues.”

Khutlang’s change of fortunes at the Leopards might do with the return of Dylan Kerr as the club head coach having replaced Belgian-Patrick Aussems, who seemed to have no interest in utilising the services of the Lesotho-born player.  

Kerr has also added former Likuena skipper Lehlohonolo Seema to his technical staff as his assistant coach after the latter was recently sacked as the head coach of Chippa United.

The former Likhopo and Lioli attacking midfielder was confident that something would have worked out for him in the January transfer window if his frustrations had continued at Lidoda Duvha.


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“Talks to get another team took place in December and I was hopeful that something would work out in the January transfer window because it was not that far,” added Khutlang.

“That was my hope and motivation to put an extra shift in training so that I would be in good shape for any move that would work out for me in this window period,” he said.

Khutlang managed just seven appearances and one goal in all competitions for Leopards in the previous season.

The Likuena forward also confirmed that he sustained an injury that could delay his return to action, but is adamant of featuring for his team soon.

 

 

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