Pride at stake

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

Na­tional team in­terim coach Moses Maliehe says his charges will be out to re­store lost pride when they take on Botswana in a friendly match set for Satur­day in Gaborone.

the tie give the coach an op­por­tu­nity to test his squad ahead of the 2017 africa Cup of Na­tions qual­i­fier against Ethiopia set for 4 June at Set­soto Sta­dium.

“this is a new era for likuena and Botswana will feel it in this match,” Maliehe said on tues­day.

“i think the game came at the right time when our play­ers are still in good con­di­tion fol­low­ing a tough week­end in which they ended the sea­son with some very tough fix­tures.

“We just have to go there and show Botswana that we are also a com­pet­i­tive side.”

Maliehe is happy with the way likuena have re­sponded since he took over the post last year.

“i have been with this group of play­ers for some time now and they are all in good shape high spir­its for the game against Botswana,” said Maliehe.

“Ev­ery match is very im­por­tant and each of all these play­ers is fight­ing to be part of the team that will play at the re­gional Cosafa tour­na­ment to be held in Namibia in July so it is im­por­tant that we give our best in each game. We are leav­ing for Botswana with 20 play­ers, but we will also have Jane ‘Sunny’ tšotleho for the game against Ethiopia although his Amer­i­can side is not will­ing to re­lease him for the Cosafa tour­na­ment,” he said.

Maliehe also said LMPS at­tack­ing mid­fielder Tšepo Se­tu­ru­mane, who was said to have been booted out of the team af­ter fail- ing to at­tend the na­tional team’s train­ing ses­sions, is part of the team.

“Ev­ery­thing has been re­solved with the player and he is ex­pected to play a big role in the up­com­ing matches,” said Maliehe.

Mid­fielder Jerry Kamela said the match against Botswana would be a chance for le­sotho to earn some re­spect from their re­gional neigh­bours.

“i’m sur­prised to hear that their coach was against them play­ing us be­cause he feels we are a weak side.

“i think we should to the talk­ing on the pitch and show them that elim­i­nat­ing them from the african Na­tions Cham­pi­onship qual­i­fiers (in July 2015) was no fluke,” Kamela said.

“i think we are start­ing to un­der­stand each other as a group and the match against Botswana is a plat­form to con­tinue where we left off against in our last match against Sey­chelles which we won 2-1.”

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, Mon­toeli Sonopo (both Li­oli), Hlom­pho Kalake (Bantu), Mabuti Pot­loane , Ke­fuoe Mahula, Jane Tha­ban­tšo, Phafa Tšosane (all Mat­lama), .

Strik­ers: Thabo Seakhoa (LCS), Tumelo Khut­lang, Tšepo Lekhooana (both Li­oli) Tšepo Se­tu­ru­mane (LMPS), Mote­bang Sera (Mat­lama).

Likuena play­ers train­ing on Tues­day ahead of their trip to Gaborone. na­tional team in­terim coach Moses Maliehe

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