Matete ral­lies troops

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia

Na­tional team in­terim coach, Seep­hephe Matete, has warned his play­ers against com­pla­cency when they face their South african coun­ter­parts to­day and on Satur­day at Set­soto Sta­dium.

likuena play Bafana Bafana in the two friendlies to wind-up their prepa­ra­tions for the Coun­cil of South­ern africa Foot­ball as­so­ci­a­tions (Cosafa) sched­uled for 17-30 May in Rusten­burg, South africa.

le­sotho have been drawn against tan­za­nia, Mada­gas­car and Swazi­land in Group B of the re­gional show­case, with the group win­ner pro­ceed­ing to the quar­ter­fi­nals. South Africa, on the other hand, begin the tour­na­ment in the quar­ter­fi­nal, in which they face Botswana.

Ac­cord­ing to Matete, the two fix­tures against South africa would be any­thing but friendly.

“our main fo­cus at the mo­ment is on the re­gional com­pe­ti­tion where we would want to go as far as we can, but we must first do well in th­ese friendly matches to gain the much-needed con­fi­dence be­fore Cosafa.

“i don’t want the play­ers to fo­cus too much on Bafana Bafana and for­get about the im­por­tance of the up­com­ing tour­na­ment, in which we would want to go all the way.”

Matete also said he was happy with the way his squad has re­sponded in train­ing, and re­mained con­fi­dent they would do well in Rusten­burg. likuena open their Cosafa ac­count against Mada­gas­car at olympia Park next Mon­day, play Swa- the same venue be­fore tak­ing on 22 May to group-stage

“the play­ers vous at the mo- ing the fi­nal the team, but away with time will need no ti­va­tion when they play South africa,” said Matete.

“i’m also happy that Jane ‘Sunny’ tšotleho will be join­ing us in camp on thurs­day. like i have al­ways said, he is an im­por­tant mem­ber of the squad who brings a lot of qual­ity into the team.”

the likuena men­tor said the amer­ica-based player is their real play­maker and nat­u­ral re­place­ment for the aging Bushy Mo­let­sane. zi­land at two days later on tan­za­nia end their cam­paign. are a bit ner­ment fol­lows­e­lec­tion of that will go be­cause they mo -

“i think we have a bal­anced team and what is left now is for the boys to do the job. What is re­ally im­por­tant is for us to win our first match against Mada­gas­car on Mon­day to get the win­ning men­tal­ity and mo­men­tum into the team,” he said. Matete also told the Le­sotho Times that the ex­pe­ri­enced duo of Nkau lerotholi and Bokang Mothoana had been tasked with lead­ing the team.

Mean­while, South africa ar­rived in the coun­try yes­ter­day morn­ing, with the gates at Set­soto Sta­dium sched­uled to be opened at 10 am. Kick­off for the match is at 3pm.

Likuena Squad Goal­keep­ers: Kholuoe Pha­sumane, Kananelo Makhooane. De­fend­ers: Nkau lerotholi, thapelo Mokhehle, Jerry Kamele, Nkesi Rankhasa, thabo Ma­su­alle,

tšoanelo Koe­tle, thabiso Mo­hapi.

Mid­field­ers: Bokang Mothoana, Bushy Mo­let­sane, Jane tšotleho, Mohau Ram­mo­neng, Mabuti Pot­loane, Jane tha­ban­tšo, Hlom­pho Kalake, lekhanya lekhanya. Strik­ers: thapelo tale, Nkoto Ma­soabi, tumelo Khut­lang.

Bafana Squad Goal­keep­ers: Jack­son Mabokg­wane (Mpumalanga Black aces), Mon­dle Mphoto (Su­pers­port FC), Ri­cardo Goss (Golden ar­rows).

De­fend­ers: Madisha Mod­jeka (M Tigers FC), Su­bi­siso Mx­oy­ana (Vasco da Gama), Marc Van Heer­den (amazulu FC), Siyabonga Nh­lapho (Bid­vest Wits), Kwanda Mn­gonyama (Mar­itzburg United), Clay­ton Daniels (Su­pers­port FC), Sibu­siso Khu­malo (Mamelodi Sun­downs)

Mid­field­ers: Cole Alexander (Polok­wane City), thapelo Morena (Bloem­fontein Celtic), tham­sanqa Sang­weni (Chippa United), Carl lark (San­tos FC), athenkhosi Dlala (Su­pers­port FC), Hen­drick Ek­stein (Kaizer Chiefs) Strik­ers: Pu­leng tlolane (Polok­wane City), Phumelele Bhengu (thanda Royal Zulu), Gift Matupa (Baroka FC), Moeketsi Sekola (Free State Stars).

LIKUENA play­ers go through their paces on Tues­day ahead of the ties against Bafana to­day and on Satur­day at Set­soto Sta­dium.

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