Hitman keeps Likuena guessing
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