Maliehe names new-look Likuena

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

Na­tional team in­terim coach Moses Maliehe has an­nounced a new-look 25-mem­ber squad which be­gins train­ing in Maseru next week.

the Mat­lama and na­tional un­der-20 team coach took over from Seep­hephe Matete early this month and has named a team of young­sters while ax­ing se­niors who had be­come syn­ony­mous with likuena, such

Mo­hau Kue­nane, Moitheri Ntobo, thapelo Mokhehle, Bokang Mothoana, Bushy Mo­let­sane, Ralekoti Mokhahlane, lekhanya lekhanya, thapelo tale, Nkau lerotholi, and Nkoto Ma­soabi.

le­sotho play their next com­pet­i­tive match in March next year — a 2017 africa Cup of Na­tions Group J qual­i­fier against the Seychelles. likuena have al­ready lost their open­ing qual­i­fiers against Ethiopia and Al­ge­ria but still have a math­e­mat­i­cal chance of mak­ing it to the fi­nal tour­na­ment set for Gabon.

Maliehe has only re­tained seven play­ers from Matete’s squad which lost to Zim­babwe in last month’s 2016 african Na­tions Cham­pi­onship qual­i­fiers, namely the Li­oli trio of Ba­sia Makepe, Jerry Kamele, tšoanelo Koe­tle; tšepo Se­tu­ru­mane of LMPS; Bantu’s duo of litšepe Marabe and Hlom­pho Kalake, and Jane tha­ban­tšo of Mat­lama.

“We have mostly gone for play­ers who were in the un­der-20 set-up over the last few years,” Maliehe told the Le­sotho Times on tues­day.

“We don’t have any friendlies lined-up as yet but it is im­por­tant to start prepa­ra­tions early and hope­fully, utilise all in­ter­na­tional friendly dates in the New Year.”

Maliehe also re­vealed the squad would be hold­ing two train­ing camps next month and early next year to be ad­e­quately pre­pared for back-to-back clashes against the Seychelles.

“this is a great chance for the new faces to show what they can do, but the door is still open for any player who does well for his club,” said Maliehe.

the ami­able coach says the pos­i­tive thing about his new-look squad is the play­ers have all played in­ter­na­tional foot­ball be­fore, al­though at ju­nior level.

“they all know what it takes to play on the in­ter­na­tional stage so they will not strug­gle that much to adapt to the na­tional team,”

said Maliehe.

Squad Goal­keep­ers: Daniel Jouse (LCS), lite­boho Mokhehle (li­oli).

De­fend­ers: Ba­sia Makepe, Mafa More­mo­holo, Kopano tseka, Bokang Sello (all li­oli); John Mohai, Nkesi Rankhasa (both Mat­lama); Mk­wanazi Mk­wanazi (Sun­dawana).

MID­FIELD­ERS: Ke­fuoe Mahula, Jane tha­ban­tšo, tšepang Maine, (all Mat­lama); Hlom­pho Kalake, litšepe Marabe (both Bantu); tšepo Se­tu­ru­mane (LMPS), Mo­hau Ram­mo­neng (liphakoe), Mon­toeli Sonopo, tšoanelo Koe­tle, tumelo Khut­lang, Jerry Kamele (all li­oli); thabo Seakhoa (LCS).

Strik­ers: lehlomela Ram­a­bele (likhopo), thabiso Brown, Chapeli Mot­lalepula (both Kick­4life).

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