Matete

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia

Kalati Na­tional team in­terim coach Seep­hephe Matete still be­lieves his charges can beat Botswana and reach the next round of the 2016 african Na­tions Cham­pi­onship (CHAN) South­ern Zone qual­i­fiers.

Af­ter a first-leg goal­less draw at Set­soto Sta­dium a fort­night ago, the two old en­e­mies meet again on Sun­day in the re­turn fix­ture in Gaborone and Matete in­sists likuena — as the na­tional football team is pop­u­larly known — would be pro­gress­ing at the hosts’ ex­pense.

likuena left for Botswana yesterday and Matete vowed to en­sure the team atones for its re­cent dis­ap­point­ing re­sults.

“All the play­ers who were part of the first leg match against Botswana are avail­able save for three (tšoanelo Koe­tle, Mot­lalepula Mo­folo, and tume­l­ong Khut­lang) who did not re­port for camp on Sun­day as ex­pected,” Matete said.

“What I can tell the na­tion with con­fi­dence is that my troops are de­ter­mined to go to war against Botswana in the re­turn leg.

“i ex­pect it to be a very phys­i­cal game but we are ready to face and beat them in their own home.”

Matete em­pha­sised the im­por­tance of dis­ci­pline among the squad, hence his de­ci­sion to drop the three star-play­ers.

“i have said it be­fore and i will say it again: there is no place for in­dis­ci­pline in this team.

“Play­ers have got to re­spect the na­tional team and should al­ways re­mem­ber that wear­ing na­tional colours is a priv­i­lege which should never be taken for granted.

“and like i have said be­fore, no player is big­ger than the na­tional team and this de­ci­sion to drop the three is to teach them the im­por­tance of re­spect wher­ever they go,” said Matete.

“the door is not to­tally closed for them as far as the na­tional team is con­cerned; they have al­ready apol­o­gised which is a sign of re­morse. But what we are try­ing to do is let them know that they should be­have like role­mod­els and also pre­pare them for man­hood.

“Com­ing back to the week­end game, i’m very pos­i­tive that we will beat Botswana in their own backyard be­cause we have re­alised our flaws and worked on them.”

the likuena men­tor said he had called-up thabiso Seakhoa, Mafa More­mo­holo and Ke­fuoe Mahula as re­place­ments for the axed trio while star-striker, thapelo tale, is back af­ter miss­ing last month’s africa Cup of Na­tions match away against Ethiopia and the first-leg fix­ture ver­sus Botswana’s Ze­bras due to in­jury.

the trio were part of the ‘B’ team that im­pressed in a friendly against South africa in May this year.

“this is pos­i­tive news to have tale back in train­ing as we need ev­ery player for the sec­ond leg match against Botswana,” Matete said.

“We are pre­par­ing our play­ers men­tally and phys­i­cal as the match could even go to penal­ties and we have to be pre­pared for such an even­tu­al­ity.

“the most im­por­tant thing will be to get a goal which will make things very dif­fi­cult for the home side as they failed to score here in le­sotho and we can even win the match on the away goals rule,” he said.

Mean­while, the vet­eran coach noted mid­field­ers Bushy Mo­let­sane and Mabuti Pot­loane are doubt­ful for the week­end match due to in­jury.

“the doc­tor will as­sess their progress to see if they can make the team,” he added.

Likuena squad Goal­keep­ers: Mo­hau Kue­nane Kananelo Makhoaoane (Likhopo).

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De­fend­ers: Nkau lerotholi (Mat­lama), thapelo Mokhehle (Bantu), Motiki Mo­hale (lerotholi Poly­tech­nic), Mafa More­mo­holo (Li­oli), Jerry Kamele (Li­oli).

Mid­field­ers: Bokang Mothoana (likhopo), thabiso Mo­hapi (Bantu), Hlom­pho Kalake (Bantu), Ke­fuoe Mahula (Mat­lama), Bushy Mo­let­sane (li­oli), Jane tha­ban­tšo (Mat­lama), Mabuti Pot­loane (Mat­lama).

Strik­ers: thapelo tale (likhopo), thabo Seakhoa (LCS), litšepe Marabe (Bantu), Nkoto Ma­soabi (li­oli), thabiso Brown (Kick­4Life).

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