TWO local footballers, Linare’s Rethabile Rasethuntša and Lioli’s Tumelo Makha, have ignited a fever high interest from some South African premiership clubs who now have them under the microscope.
The duo that comprise part of Likuena final squad for the ongoing COSAFA regional competition, are also expected to make a mark and live to the expectations of coach Leslie Notši as they battle it out with Eswatini on Tuesday.
Notši has recently stepped in to save the situation after the former coach ditched the team at the eleventh hour to join Sekhukhune United.
The venue is Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
It is expected that the two players will stand up to the occasion and cut it to the greener pastures in the neighboring South Africa.
Sources privy to this matter have told this publication that Swallows has been closely monitoring Rasethuntša, and so high is their interest in the 26 year old vibrant player that the team has even recently sent some scouts to watch him play.
Rasethuntša won his maiden cap for Likuena while Notši was temporarily in charge in 2019, displaying victories over South Africa in the CHAN qualifiers.
On the other hand, Makha has been the king maker for “tse nala” (Lioli F.C) this season. So far he has registered six goals, including a hat-trick against the Roma based Manonyane F.C.
In light of the courting developments, Sekhukhune United, who recently poached former Likuena head coach Senong as their assistant coach, are keeping a hawk eye on Makha.
Makha was handed his debut cap for the national team by Senong before his departure during the recent Three Nations Tournament in Maputo where Likuena lost to both Mozambique and Eswatini.
His current contract with Lioli expired on 3rd July, and this means that the middle fielder is also being eyed by some Vodacom Premier League clubs which could kill for his services.
Should lady luck favor Rasethuntša and Makha, the duo will add the number of Lesotho players in S.A football circles to five as Motebang Sera is already making himself a name in the jubilant ‘Siwelele sa Masele’ (Bloemfontein Celtic), while Tumelo Khutlang has found his feet with Black Leopards and Tšoarelo Bereng is working without with Marumo Gallants FC-TTM.