Letete says Le­sotho lacks qual­ity play­ers

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

FOR­MER pre­mier league chair­man Tl­holo Letete be­lieves dis­miss­ing in­terim na­tional team coach, Seep­hephe Matete, is not the an­swer to the na­tional soc­cer team ’s woes.

Le­sotho lost two of their three Coun­cil of South­ern Africa Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tions (Cosafa) Group B matches against Mada­gas­car and Swazi­land be­fore beat­ing Tan­za­nia in the fi­nal dead-rub­ber in Rusten­burg, South Africa. The two de­feats saw Matete’s charges crash out of the re­gional tour­na­ment in the pre­lim­i­nary stage, and would now watch Satur­day’s fi­nal at Moru­leng Sta­dium from home.

But ac­cord­ing to Letete, sacking the vet­eran men­tor would not solve Likuena’s strug­gles.

“I feel that we will con­tinue to strug­gle for as long as we fail to have play­ers in for­eign leagues,” Letete said.

“Even en­gag­ing a for­eign coach will not change any­thing. We need to im­prove our league and make it pro­fes­sional, or bet­ter still, have or play­ers in top leagues in Europe. The big­ger part of the prob­lem is the qual­ity of our play­ers, and not nec­es­sar­ily the coach.”

Letete, who watched Likuena’s first two matches at the Royal Bafo­keng Sta­dium in Rusten­burg, was how­ever, full of praise for mid­fielder Tšoanelo Koe­tle, who was awarded man-of-the-match awards in the 0-2 loss to Swazi­land and 1-0 win over Tan­za­nia.

“Koe­tle al­ways stands out to be counted. I wish he can get a pro­fes­sional con­tract out­side Le­sotho,” said Letete.

Ac­cord­ing to Letete, it was al­ways go­ing to be dif­fi­cult to get the best out of the team which rep­re­sented the coun­try in Rusten­burg.

“I think for a coach to shine, he needs qual­ity play­ers and I feel we did not have that in Rusten­burg.

“The big­ger pic­ture is im­prov­ing our league. Let us in­still a win­ning men­tal­ity in our play­ers and make sure that skill and tech­nique are at the re­quired stan­dard.”

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