Likuena need their best players
Likuena are in their final preparations for the Council of Southern African Football Associations (Cosafa) tournament which gets underway in Rustenburg, South africa, on 17 May.
However, the main concern across the local football spectrum is the exclusion of premier league top-scorer, Litšepe Marabe, who netted 22 goals in the just-ended season.
It is also worth noting Phafa Tšosane, who was second behind Marabe on the goal-scoring charts, will also miss the competition due to school commitments.
The Matlama captain found the back of the net 15 times during the 2014/15 season, and there is no doubt the duo would be in contention for the player-of-the-season award as both had outstanding campaigns.
This is why it’s a worry for me that the two players are not part of the Cosafa tournament which will also help Likuena, as the national football team is affectionately known, prepare for the 2017 Africa Cup of nations (Afcon) qualifiers that begin in June.
Marabe is an experienced campaigner who has a tendency of delivering at the highest level both at club and national level, and was going to add quality to Seephephe Matete’s team.
But according to the coach, the player failed to turn-up for training a few weeks ago and the technical team had since decided to go to the competition without him.
However, Matete also says the player could still make the team should he apologise.
This is not the first and last time that we will experience such issues as far as the national team is con- cerned and I’m still hoping the matter will be addressed, and Marabe can front the Likuena attack at the Cosafa tournament.
We all know players have a tendency of getting big-headed, but at the same time, our football association should also improve the way they treat national team players.
I believe it’s in the interest of the federation and national team that the player is called for a hearing and the matter resolved amicably.
The fact that Marabe, who did not play competitive football throughout the 2013/14 season but still overcame that disappointment by scoring so many goals last term, shows he is a special talent and would have been an important member of the squad heading to the regional competition.
at the same time, i agree with the coach that playing for the national team is a privilege and should be treated with respect all the time.
While the coach has said the door is still open for Marabe for as long as he can apologise, it’s obvious he is not in their plans for the Cosafa
event, but I still feel mediation is needed to ensure the issue is resolved as soon as possible.
The truth of the matter is Marabe is our best option at the moment as far as attack is concerned.
it is worth noting Likuena are still without Tšepo Seturumane, who was the national team’s top marksman during the 2015 afcon qualifiers and expectations were Marabe would fill the void left by the Lioli hitman.
I feel our striking department is very thin at the moment, with Thapelo Tale the only fit and experienced player in the national team as Lioli’s Tšepo Lekhooana is also out through injury.
While Tale is always giving his best for Likuena, he did not have a very successful 2014/15 premier league campaign and struggled to score regularly hence it is important to resolve the Marabe matter as soon as possible.