Lioli coach Mosholu ‘Shoes’ Mokhothu has not given up on his charges turning the tables against Vital’ô in the African Champions League preliminary round return leg set for Burundi on 28 February.
Laudit Mavugo put the visitors ahead in the 35th before Pierrejunior Maba equalized for Lioli two minutes later. However, Hussein Shaban’s 46th minute goal ensured Vital’ô took a 2-1 cushion into the return leg, but Mokhothu is adamant his team are going to get it right in the second leg match.
“if they managed to score two goals away from home, i don’t see why we cannot do the same if we put our hearts and souls in the match,” Mokhothu said.
“We lost because of the many mistakes we committed, and we just have to sit down, analyse those errors, and make sure they don’t happen again when we meet in the second leg match.
“Again, we should go back there with different tactics and try to get the goals that will help us turn the tables, because like i said, Vital’ô are beatable, we can win even out there in Burundi,” said Mokhothu.
“The problem was we did not know them, but we now have an idea of what and who they are, so we should play much better in the reverse tie.
“it has always been our goal to get past this stage. We have to be brave and give it our best fight in the second leg.
“Now it is a matter of finding a way to get back to them in the second round because i do not think they are better than us.”
But according to playmaker Jerry Kamela, the second leg tie had become more than just a game for Lioli.
“We did not perform as expected here at home and should go to Burundi and fight for our country, because Lesotho’s reputation, as well as our own as Lioli, is at stake here,” Kamela said.
“i think the main challenge in Sunday’s match was we did not know much about them, but now we have an idea of how they play.
“We can pull through but it will take good preparations on our part. i just hope we have learnt from the mistakes we made in the first leg match and go to Burundi a better team.”
Kamela also feels Lioli have what it takes to beat Vital’ô in their backyard.
“of course, we can beat them, but like i said, it will take a lot of hard work and bravery,” said Kamela.
“We have to believe in ourselves and give it our best shot. if we play the match like a Cup final, then we can beat that team even in their own stadium, before their own fans.”
lioli holding midfielder Tšoanelo Koetle (left) wins the battle for the ball against his Vital’ô counterpart at Setsoto Stadium on Sunday.