Teenager Montoeli Sonopo signs for Atletico

Sonopo becomes the first player from Lesotho to sign for a European team

Montoeli Sonopo (right)  (mountakhab.net)

Montoeli Sonopo (right)

Atletico Madrid have signed  17 year old Montoeli Sonopo from Lioli FC after the youngster put in some impressive performances during the under 20 African Youth Championships’ qualifying campaign.

The two-time Lesotho Premier League champions confirmed on Thursday that Sonopo would be on his way to Madrid. Lioli FC president Lebohang Thotanyana was quoted as saying, “We are busy patching up the finer details of his move but we have his contract already, so it is a done deal.”

Sonopo has only played for Lioli a single season after joining from Nyenye Rovers in September 2010.

Negotiations between the two clubs have been going on for a couple of months so everyone at Atleti will be glad to see the deal finally done. All that is stopping Sonopo from joining up with his new team-mates is a visa, but that should be finalised in the next few days.

Due to his age, Sonopo won’t be immediately available for first team selection but will play a part on the wing for Atletico’s reserve side. If all develops as planned then Los Rojiblancos may have a real talent on their hands. Watch this space.

  • starvs

    Who knows how this will turn out, but nice to see Atleti trying to make some moves.

  • DJ_ZA

    Dumela (Hello)
    Kena ka khotso (Welcome)
    Ke o lakaletsa mohlohonolo (Good Luck)

    Can’t say I know a thing about football in Lesotho, but hopefully his football skills are better than my Sotho

    Sala hantle. (Goodbye)

  • NiñoTorres

    No issues with strengthening the cantera, another kid came in today from Almeria B I think. Pantić seems to have made quite a few signings so far, personally I would love it if the B-team could really bring in some good players and make a push for promotion. It would be great for development.

    Nice article btw Tom 🙂


    Go and represent your nation, BASOTHO and your self well boy. What i like most bout you is your conduct and discipline on and off the pitch. Soon you’ll be messi of Madrid
    best thing to have happened in the LESOTHO FOOTBALL

  • starvs

    This moeletsi guy seems like he knows what he is talking about, I trust him. The future looks bright.

  • Tumie

    WOW.. All the Best Man…