Hit­man keeps Likuena guess­ing

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

LMPS mid­fielder Tšepo Se­tu­ru­mane­mane is yet to re­port for na­tional team train­ing in­ing since his call-up two weeks ago.

The team has been train­ing since then but with­out Se­tu­ru­mane.

Sources sug­gest the gifted at­tack­ing ack­ing mid­fielder was not happy with the way coach Moses Maliehe han­dled play­ers’s’ travel al­lowances to and from camp lastt De­cem­ber hence his re­luc­tance to join thehe on­go­ing camp. Maliehe had been ap­point­edted na­tional team in­terim coach the pre­vi­ous ious month when he called the play­ers into camp.

Team man­ager, Rantsubise Matete, con­firmed Se­tu­ru­mane’s ab­sence from the squad pre­par­ing for the penul­ti­mate imate 2017 Africa Cup of Na­tions (Af­con) Groupoup J qual­i­fier against Ethiopia set for 4 June une at Set­soto sta­dium.

“We are find­ing it dif­fi­cult to get hold of Tšepo, so I can only es­tab­lish hiss side of the story once he has re­ported forr train­ing,” Matete said.

“But as we speak, the player has not re­ported for train­ing de­spite a let­tert­ter sent to his club about the na­tional team call-up.

“His team also made ef­forts to make sure he hon­ours the call, but he hasas still not come.

“LEFA (Le­sotho Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion) cia­tion) has asked for­mer na­tional tea­mam coach, Seep­hephe Matete, to be the linknk be­tween the na­tional team and play­ers in terms of in­form­ing them about such call-ups.

“Ntate Matete has man­aged to talk to the player and says he promised to come on Mon­day next week. So only when he turns up will I be able to say what is re­ally hap­pen­ing.”

How­ever, Se­tu­ru­mane, who is a po­lice of­fi­cer, dis­missed sug­ges­tions that he was snub­bing the na­tional team, Likuena, be­cause he did not see eye-to-eye with the coach.

“I have work com­mit­ments that are pre­vent­ing me from train­ing with the na­tional team, but I will be join­ing them on Mon­day next week,” Se­tu­ru­mane on Tues­day told the Le­sotho Times.

“Re­ports that I am not on good terms with the coach are not true at all and nei­ther have I turned my back on the na­tional team. Like I said, I have been com­mit­ted and will be with the team from Mon­day.”

Le­sotho have played two Af­con matches un­der Maliehe, los­ing the first 2-0 away in the Sey­chelles and win­ning the re­verse against the same is­landers 2-1 at Set­soto. Likuena have al­ready lost to Ethiopia and Al­ge­ria and an­chor Group J on three points. Al­ge­ria lead the pool on 10 points, fol­lowed by Ethiopia on five and Sey­chelles on four.

Group win­ners qual­ify for the 2017 Af­con tour­na­ment to be held in Gabon, while the run­ners-up also make it if they are one of two sec­ond-placed teams with the best records.

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), Sepir­iti Male­fane (Bantu).

Mid­field­ers: Jerry Kamela (Li­oli), Hlompho Kalake (Bantu), Ke­fuoe Mahula, Jane Tha­ban­tšo 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).

Likuena mid­fielder Tšepo Se­tu­ru­mane

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