The senior women national team striker LitÅ¡eoana Maloro has returned to Bloemfontein Celtic which plays in the SAFA Womenâ€™s National League (SWNL) in South Africa following a three-month stint with Kick4life.
Maloro was in the country for almost six months because of pursuing her studies and taking advantage of the inactivity of the suspension of sports on the back of the Covid-19 outbreak.
The lackey 25-year-old striker signed a three-year contract with Bloemfontein Ladies in 2019 after starting her professional playing career at Kick4life.
Popularly known as Kamoli by her peers since she often terrorises defenders, Maloro became the third player from Lesotho to join Celtic. She follows after Boitumelo Rabale who recently returned from her playing scholarship in the United States of America and immediately was signed by Mamelodi Sundowns and her former Kick4life teammate, Mosili MotÅ¡oeneng who joined Siwelele in 2018.
The Ha-Abia born striker said she was more excited this time around to be returning to Celtic because she was getting agitated.
â€œI am happier now, than before because I was getting worried when I realised that time was flying by and the league was resuming,â€ Maloro said.
â€œI was worried that I was going to lose the opportunity to rejoin so now that Iâ€™m back here, the excitement is overwhelming,â€ she said.
Maloro returned to Bloemfontein last week Friday after the announcement was made by Kick4life earlier that week.
She is still nursing an injury that she sustained last year while doing national duty while preparing for the Confederation of Southern African Football Association (COSAFA) Women Championship.
The Mehalalitoe forward said she has still not fully recovered from her ankle injury and is currently going for rehabilitation process and Celtic was aware of the status.
â€œI have not fully recovered and Celtic is aware of that because even when they recalled me I reminded me that I am still nursing an injury and they reassured me that they will assist me with rehabilitation until I have fully recovered,â€ she said.
She added that immediately when the team resumed for training she started with her rehabilitation and thereafter will resume full training with the rest of the team.
Kick4Life Womenâ€™s Team manager Puky Ramokoatsi said they are happy for Maloroâ€™s return to Celtic although she did not get to play for them during the time they had borrowed her.
â€œWe are happy for her just like we were in the first place when she signed with them (Celtic). It is fulfilling to us to see our players that we have groomed reach their full potential and move on to greener pastures,â€ Ramokoatsi said. â€œThe only reason that she was with us for the past 5 months was due to her studies in the country. It was only for her benefit seeing she was here and we thought it would be good for her to still play, unfortunately she did not get a chance to as we know the Women Super League remains suspended due to Covid-19â€ said Ramokoatsi.