Maliehe re­calls trio

Lesotho Times - - Front Page - Mikia Kalati

Na­tional team coach Moses Maliehe has re­called Mat­lama play­maker Mabuti Pot­loane, LMPS mid­fielder Tšepo Se­tu­ru­mane and Li­oli hit­man Tšepo Lekhooana for the 2017 Africa Cup of Na­tions (Afcon) penul­ti­mate qual­i­fier against Ethiopia set for June.

Maliehe has also called-up Mat­lama goal­keeper, Makhetha thakeli, who was part of Likuena un­der for­mer coach Seep­hephe Matete, but is yet to de­but for the na­tional team, and dropped likhopo striker Lehlomela Ram­a­bele from his squad.

Pot­loane has not played for Likuena since Au­gust last year when he was in­jured in Le­sotho’s open­ing Na­tions Cup Group J cam­paign against Ethiopia in Ad­dis Ababa, while lekhooana makes a re­turn to the na­tional team af­ter al­most a year out due to a bro­ken leg.

For the last month’s back-to-back Afcon matches against the Sey­chelles which ended in a 2-0 away loss and 2-1 home win, Maliehe used a rel­a­tively new and young team.

“i have to as­sess these play­ers and those who played against the Sey­chelles last month, so the door is still open for any player who per­forms well at club level,” Maliehe said this week.

Ex­plain­ing the changes to the squad, Maliehe says he needs ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers who can hold their own against an ex­pe­ri­enced Ethiopian side that held group lead­ers Al­ge­ria to a 3-3 draw at home in their last match.

“Pot­loane has been do­ing very well for his club since he re­cov­ered from in­jury and we will need his ex­pe­ri­ence in mid­field, but like i said, ev­ery player must prove he de­serves to be in the na­tional team,” said Maliehe.

“As for Lekhooana, he is a big striker who has al­ways done very well for the na­tional team and i was im­pressed with what i saw when he was play­ing against Likhopo on Sun­day although he still has a lot of work in get­ting his fit­ness back af­ter a long in­jury lay­off.

“We all know about Se­tu­ru­mane and his qual­ity, but he has not been the same player he was last year and i hope he will raise his game even more be­cause he is a very tal­ented player.

“We also needed to re­in­force our goal­keep­ing de­part­ment with some­body who can give us bet­ter height com­pared to what we have in the team al­ready.

“How­ever, we will as­sess all the play­ers to see if they are giv­ing us what we want be­fore con­sid­er­ing any more changes for the Ethiopia match.”

Likuena squad

Goal­keep­ers: Daniel Jousse (LCS), Lite­boho Mokhehle (Li­oli), Makhetha Thakeli (Mat­lama).

De­fend­ers: Kopano tseka, Basia Makepe, Bokang Sello, Mafa More­mo­holo (all Li­oli), Nkesi Rankhasa (Mat­lama), Spir­it­ing Male­fane (Bantu).

Mid­field­ers: Jerry Kamela, Hlom­pho Kalake (Bantu), Ke­fuoe Mahula, Jane Tha­ban­tšo, Mabuti Pot­loane, Phafa Tšosane (all Mat­lama), Jane ‘Sunny’ Tšotleho (Rich­mond Kicker, US), Tšepo Se­tu­ru­mane (LMPS).

Strik­ers: Mot­lalepula Cha­beli, Thabiso Brown (both Kick­4life, Tumelo Khut­lang, Tšepo Lekhooana (both Li­oli).

tšepo Lekhooana

Mabuti Pot­loane

tšepo Se­tu­ru­mane

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