Matete ral­lies Likuena

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kala­tialati

Na­tional al team coach Seep­hephe Matete is not throw­ing ow­ing in the towel and be­lieves his charges es can over­turn the 3-1 loss they suf­fered again­st­gainst Zim­babwe in Bulawayo on Sun­day.

Matete in­sists with the right at­ti­tude, likuena can n beat the War­riors in the re­turn leg set for Set­soto Sta­dium this week­end and qual­ify for r the 2016 african Na­tions Cham­pi­onship (CHAN) CHAN) in Rwanda.

“We have ve not lost hope; foot­ball is a game of sur­pris­eses and you never know what will hap­pen un­til ntil the fi­nal whis­tle,” Matete said on tues­day. y.

“We have ve to go all out on Sun­day and be very of­fen­sive sive from the word go and score the goals we need to qual­ify for Rwanda.”

Matete strongly feels his team was un­lucky to lose se the first leg match de­spite be­ing the bet­ter side on the day.

A loss too the Co­moros five days be­fore in a World Cup p qual­i­fier did not help mat­ters as the de­feat feat left his play­ers “very de­mor­alised”, Mateteatete added.

“We played yed very well con­sid­er­ing the dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances um­stances we were un­der. We were just com­ing from a loss to the Co­moros, which took k its toll on the play­ers, but they still showed ed char­ac­ter in Bulawayo.

“We were re the bet­ter team un­til the home side scored d a penalty and there­after, it was very dif­fi­cul­tult for us.

“We had d chances of our own and once again, squan­dered uan­dered them and could not get back into the game.”

While hee is bullish about likuena’s chances in Sun­day’s day’s re­verse fix­ture, Matete also ad­mits the e match would be “very dif­fi­cult” as le­sotho need eed to score two goals with­out con­ced­ing to win the match on the away goals rule.

“i think we have the ca­pac­ity to score the two goals and win the match, but it will not be easy be­cause cause of a com­bi­na­tion of fac­tors,” Matete said.

“Zim­babwe can be beaten be­cause i feel they were helped by home-ground ad­van­tage as their sup­port­ers were re­ally be­hind them.

“Un­for­tu­nately, we don’t get that kind of sup­port play­ing at our homeground be­cause our very own peo­ple al­ways turn against their own play­ers when the game is not go­ing our way.

“Our sup­port­ers make life very dif­fi­cult for their own play­ers; they boo them in­stead of cheer­ing when things are not go­ing well and that kills the boys’ spir­its. they now feel it’s bet­ter play­ing away from home than at Set­soto.

“that’s why i am ap­peal­ing to the fans to change their men­tal­ity and sup­port likuena dur­ing both the good and bad times.”

likuena have had a hec­tic 2015 in which they took part in the Cosafa tour­na­ment, and also played two africa Cup of Na­tions qual­i­fiers against Ethiopia and Al­ge­ria, as well as the two-legged World Cup qual­i­fiers against the Co­moros.

How­ever, Matete does not be­lieve lack of re­sults has any­thing to do with play­ing too many games.

“i don’t think we can blame fa­tigue for the poor per­for­mance. it all de­pends on the stan­dard of our pre­mier league, the pool of play­ers we have,” he said.

Likuena squad Goal­keep­ers: Mo­hau Kue­nane, Sam Ket­sek­ile.

De­fend­ers: Ba­sia Makepe, Moitheri Ntobo, thapelo Mokhehle, tšoanelo Koe­tle, Jerry Kamele.

Mid­field­ers: Mot­lalepula Mo­folo, Phafa tšosane, Hlom­pho Kalake, Bokang Mothoana, Ke­fuoe Mahula, Bushy Mo­let­sane, Ralekoti Mokhahlane, lekhanya lekhanya.

Strik­ers: thapelo tale, Nkoto Ma­soabi, tšepo Se­tu­ru­mane.

Likuena for­ward Tšepo Se­tu­ru­mane

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