Likuena sink to new low

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

Likuena suf­fered back-to-back de­feats to Swaziland at the week­end, mark­ing a new low for our na­tional foot­ball team.

The 2-0 losses on Fri­day and Sun­day came when some of us were tak­ing ex­cep­tion to a me­dia re­port in Botswana in which the re­porter called Likuena “the usual punch­ing bag” for the Ze­bras.

All in all, Likuena have now lost three con­sec­u­tive matches against Swaziland and a fort­night ago, the team was also beaten by Botswana.

It’s a real shame that we can no longer beat these two na­tions we had known to be our daily bread.

But this sim­ply proves how much our na­tional team has gone back­wards over the years in­stead of im­prov­ing the way other coun­tries are do­ing.

While it is easy to put the whole blame on coach Moses Maliehe, it would re­ally be un­fair be­cause Likuena have been on de­cline for some time now, as I have just said.

This is why I feel the lead­er­ship of our foot­ball should take the blame for the laughing stock that Likuena have be­come to­day.

This does not only ap­ply to what has been hap­pen­ing on the pitch be­cause the Likuena camp has been un­sta­ble for some time now.

If it’s not play­ers ar­riv­ing late in camp, it is a row over camp­ing al­lowances and that is why Maliehe does not even have the lux­ury of se­lect­ing the best play­ers the coun­try has to of­fer.

I also won­der if play­ing Swaziland and Botswana all the time im­proves our team.

Maybe it is no longer a chal­lenge to the play­ers to the ex­tent they do not value the matches and wouldn’t care how they end.

I am told the Botswana coach was an­gry his bosses agreed to play Likuena, in­sist­ing our team does not of­fer any­thing in terms of test­ing his side, which still has a chance of qual­i­fy­ing for the 2017 Africa Cup of Na­tions tour­na­ment.

I thought at­tend­ing Fifa and Caf con­gresses was all about net­work­ing and pro­mot­ing our foot­ball, but it looks like this is not the case at all.

Be­cause how do our foot­ball bosses ex­plain the fact that ev­ery time Likuena play a friendly match, it’s either Botswana or Swaziland?

Is it too dif­fi­cult for Lefa to get a friendly match against inst coun­tries like Mozam­bique, Zim­babwe, Malawi or Zam­bia?

I don’t think hink it makes sense that LEFA of­fi­cials have ve been call­ing for pa­tience from fans frus­trat­ing with Likuena’s lack of progress be­cause use clearly, they are strug­gling rug­gling to come up with­ith an­swers con­cern­ingg our team’s plum­met­ing ng stan­dard.

The other er prob­lem is that Likuena hardly ardly play friendly matches when the other na­tional teams are uti­liz­ing Fi­fa­dates for suchuch games.

This is why it takes such a long time for play­ers whoho never played for the na­tional youth teams ms to shine when they even­tu­ally get a Likue­naena call-up.

One suchh player is Mote­bang Sera of Mat­lama who had an out­stand­ing sea­son in which he scored­cored 14 goals, but strug­gled badly against Swaziland over the week­end.

Clearly the na­tional team stage is too big for him and he will need to play a lot of matches at that level to get used to the in­ter­na­tional ational game.

Coaches have come and gone, but Likuena arere not im­prov­ing and if those in chargearge of our game re­ally feel for the he fans, the best they could do is s call it day and let other peo­ple le with fresh ideas come in andnd take our foot­ball for­ward.

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