Likuena sink to new low
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.