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Jan. 14, 2022

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Mafoso joins Lioli after ditching Bantu

Mafoso joins Lioli after ditching Bantu

Lioli FC new head of technical team, Bob Mafoso

Story highlights

  • The coach failed to agree on certain terms in a new contract with Bantu
  • Thabo Tsutsulupa has taken over as Bantu’s new head coach

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VODACOM Premier League giants, Lioli have announced the appointment of Bob Mafoso as the club’s technical director less than a fortnight after parting ways with arch rivals, Bantu.

Lioli announced on Wednesday that the CAF A Coaching License holder, Mafoso has been handed the role to head the team’s technical department from the beginning of January.

He left his position as the Bantu head coach after failing to agree on certain terms in a new contract with the management of the Mafeteng-based outfit.

According to sources within the club, Mafoso has been earmarked to take over the reins at the club as the current technical team led by Mosholu “Shoes” Mokhothu does not meet the side’s coaching requirements.

“The management of Lioli announces the appointment of Bob Mafoso as the new technical director of the club from January 1st,” Lioli said in a statement published on Wednesday.

“Mr. Mafoso’s role will be to lead the club’s technical department.”

Mafoso led Bantu to the league title last season and his arrival is expected to boost Tse-Nala’s technical team as they work on bringing the glory days back to Teyateyaneng.

Lioli’s last league success came during the 2015/16 season.

Bantu did not waste any time finding Mafoso’s replacement and last week the club announced former Kaizer Chiefs youth coach, Thabo Tsutsulupa as their new coach.

Tsutsulupa is not new to the Lesotho Premier League having previously coached Liphakoe.

He led the Quthing-based side to a top 8 finish for the first time since the team returned to topflight football in the 2018/19 season.

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The Ladybrand-born coach is expected to take charge of his first match when A Mato Matebele host Linare in the Vodacom Premier League catch-up match scheduled for LCS Ground on Sunday.

The Mafeteng-based outfit has had a rocky start since returning to action having lost to LDF in its last match. Bantu have also struggled to have all their players back with the likes of Bokang Sello, Lekhooa Khoete and Keamogetswe Wolff having reportedly gone AWOL.

Elsewhere in the catch-up matches scheduled for this weekend, LMPS will welcome Motebang Makhetha’s coached Kick4Life at the Ratjomose Barracks while FC Likhopo will host LDF at the LCS Ground.

LCS will also be in action when they host Swallows at the LCS Ground as the Vodacom Premier League resumes after the Christmas break.

Clubs such as Matlama, who are at the summit of the Vodacom Premier League standings, will only return to action on January 29 when the second round gets underway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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