In an apparent resignation to his possible departure, LMPS Football Club has promoted its top goalkeeper, Sekhoane Moerane to the rank of sergeant from the police constable rank.
The workplace promotion comes amid rumours linking the player with a possible transfer to some top clubs in neighbouring South Africa, who would have been impressed by his eye-catching performances during the 2023 COSAFA Cup tournament where he represented the senior national team, Likuena.
In particular, Moerane’s heroic showing at the biannual showpiece forced many to sit up and take notice when he stopped three consecutive penalty kicks and then went on to score the winning penalty in a semi-final clash against Malawi.
Thanks to Moerane, Likuena won that tie 3-0, setting up a final meeting with Zambia, which narrowly edged them 1-0.
According to the Lesotho Mounted Police Services (LMPS), Moerane was invited by the Commissioner of Police (COMPOL), Holomo Molibeli, to a business lunch together with other Senior Assistants Police Commissioners, upon which he was officially promoted to the sergeant rank.
Speaking on his workplace promotion, Moerane expressed gratitude to the management of LMPS.
“I thank everyone who has been supporting me through my football journey. I am going to work harder with your support throughout my journey,” Moerane said.
On his part, COMPOL Molibeli said Moerane has a wealth of talent which has caught the attention of elite football clubs in South Africa.
He warned Moerane that many players often get distracted after getting international attention, and therefore should not fall into the same trap.
“If this is God’s plan, know that He will take you where he wants you to go, do not be confused by the attention and spotlight. Thank you for carrying the LMPS flag globally and for making Basotho happy, you have a bright future ahead of you,” Molibeli said.
Moerane joined the LMPS in 2018 and is currently deployed in the Maseru riot department.