Orlando Pirates legend Teboho Moloi has explained his decision to join Linare FC in Lesotho as their new head coach.
Moloi was unveiled as the Lesotho giants’ new mentor earlier this week, replacing Freeze Ntene who left earlier this year.
The former Buccaneers assistant coach’s last coaching job in a top division was with Chippa United in the 2017/18 season.
He says his aim is to one day take Linare to competitions like the CAF Champions League so that Lesotho can have more than one slot in the competition.
“It’s a long story [how I ended up here], the club’s president is someone who loves Pirates so I’ve been attending their games before corona,” Moloi tells KickOff.com.
“This a big team in Lesotho. I mean a team that was born in 1931, rich history of winning, they are like Liverpool. They’ve been always winning, it’s just that they haven’t qualified for the Champions League, and this season they are celebrating 90 years.
“They are like the Chiefs and Pirates of Lesotho. Now the president wants to take it back where it belongs… they are not a top-two or top-three team, they are used to being in the top one. They want to be in the Champions League and celebrate the 90 years in style.”
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Moloi says continental football would not be a new thing to him as he has been there before with Pirates.
“I’ve been to the semi-finals with Micho [Sredojevic], I’ve been to the final with Roger [de Sa]. I’ve been to the Confed Cup final with Eric [Tinkler],” Moloi reminds.
“When I went to the Champions League final with Roger, he didn’t know the route to get there. It was me and Roger who went to the final. We always left Eric behind, he was not travelling to Africa.
“So who was helping Eric when he coached in the Confed? It was me. Eric never travelled with us to Africa. We used to leave him here so he could look after the players that we left behind.
“Ya so that’s why I’m saying I love Africa a lot. So I would be very happy if we can reach the group stages so we can create a second slot for Lesotho. That’s what I’m aiming for.
“As for the domestic league, I think it will only start in the second week of December.”
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