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Kalati IN­TERIM na­tional team coach, Seep­hephe Matete, says he is con­fi­dent Likuena can “spring a sur­prise” in Sun­day’s sec­ond qual­i­fier of the 2017 Africa Cup of Na­tions (AF­CON) tour­na­ment against Al­ge­ria.

Likuena will lock horns with the Al­ge­ri­ans, who are the num­ber one-ranked team in Africa, in the cru­cial tie set for Set­soto sta­dium.

Matete told the Le­sotho Times this week that morale was very high in the Likuena camp and ex­pressed con­fi­dence they would do the coun­try proud de­spite the Desert War­riors, as the Al­ge­rian football team is af­fec­tion­ately known, com­ing into the fix­ture as firm favourites.

“We have a plan to neu­tralise them since we have iden­ti­fied their weak­nesses. We will try to cap­i­talise on those flaws,” said Matete.

“I am aware that they easily get frus­trated, and we will work on un­set­tling them, maybe with an early goal.”

He said there were un­der no il­lu­sions re­gard­ing Al­ge­ria’s qual­ity, since most of the play­ers in the North African side plied their trade in the Euro­pean leagues.

How­ever, the man­ager said they would make full use of the chances they will cre­ate to en­sure a pos­i­tive re­sult on Sun­day.

“We know that they are a qual­ity side full of top play­ers, but football is football and it has its sur­prises,” Matete said.

“If we are clin­i­cal enough on the day, we will walk away with vic­tory. That is the rea­son why the fo­cal point of our ses­sions this week has been on goal-scor­ing.

“We just need to be clin­i­cal against such a top side and be or­gan­ised be­cause silly mis­takes can be very costly against a team of their cal­i­bre.”

The Likuena men­tor said he had in­jury con­cerns for skip­per Nkau Matete and striker Thabiso Brown who are nurs­ing mi­nor knocks sus­tained dur­ing premier league matches played over the week­end.

Thapelo Tale is also not in camp, with Matete say­ing he was un­aware of the striker’s where­abouts.

Tale was re­cently em­broiled in a trans­fer saga af­ter try­ing to leave Likhopo to join Bantu.

“I, how­ever, think we have a group of ca­pa­ble play­ers who are mo­ti­vated and will­ing to die for their coun­try come match day,” said Matete.

“We have been train­ing twice a day since com­ing for full camp and also played against such lo­cal teams as Sun­dawana whose squad con­sists of many for­eign play­ers.

“The idea be­hind play­ing against Sun- dawana was to ori­ent our­selves with the phys­i­cal­ity that the for­eign play­ers bring. We feel they can help us pre­pare for the Al­ge­ria tie.”

Likuena squad: Goal­keep­ers: Mo­hau Kue­nane, Kananelo Makhooane, Daniel Jouse,.

De­fend­ers: Nkau Lerotholi, Mafa More­mo­holo, Jerry Kamele, Motiki Mo­hale, Thapelo Mokhehle, Thabiso Mo­hapi, Poloko Mo­hale.

Mid­field: Ralekoti Mokhahlane, Tšoanelo Koe­tle, Ke­fuoe Mahula, Hlom­pho Kalake, Jane Tha­ban­tšo, Bokang Mothoana Litšepe Marabe.

Strik­ers: Nkoto Ma­soabi, Thabiso Brown, Thabo Seakhoa, Tšepo Se­tu­ru­mane

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