Mokhothu de­fi­ant

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

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.

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