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Sera will open foreign doors for Lesotho players

Celtic striker Motebang Sera

Feb. 13, 2021 2 min read

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BANTU head coach Bob Mafoso is adamant Motebang Sera’s rise at Bloemfontein Celtic in South Africa’s DSTV Premiership will open doors for Lesotho players in other major leagues on the African continent.

The 25-year-old goal poacher came off the bench to score the winning goal as Celtic clinched a 2-1 victory over SuperSport United for his second goal since the start of the 2020/2021 DSTV Premier League.

Sera hit the ground running in his first year in South Africa including scoring the much-publicised brace against Soweto giants-Kaizer Chiefs and looks to have his groove back again this season after a slow start to the 2020/2021 campaign

“I think the way Sera has been performing since making the move to Celtic is prove that we have talent as a country and the standard of football is also on the rise,” Mafoso said.

“I suspect that for years our football and players were not getting the respect and recognition we deserve from the big leagues on the continent. Maybe this could do with the fact that we do not have as many Basotho coaches working in South Africa like other countries.”

Former Likuena coach, Lehlohonolo Seema now the interim co-coach at Black Leopards played a big part in luring Sera to South Africa during his time at Phunya Sele Sele.

Seema also facilitated the moves of the likes of former Bantu duo of Tsietsi Khooa and Maloisane Ramasimong during his time in charge of Chippa while the move for Bokang Sello failed to materialise due to issues related to foreign quota at the club.

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Mafoso added: “Of course we had an era of the likes of Lehlohonolo Seema and Teele Ntšonyana, who also played in South Africa, but things haven’t worked out since then as far as exporting of players to other big leagues is concerned.

“I think it had to do with not getting the recognition from the big leagues on the continent, but not that we do not have the talent and I’m adamant it will change that mentality based on how Sera continues to perform at Celtic.

“Our national team as well has also closed that gap because we have become very competitive against even the power houses of the continent.”

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