Great week­end for our foot­ball

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Miki­aMik Kalati

MA MAKOANYANE XI on Sun­day to took a gi­ant step to­wards qual­ifi ifi­ca­tion for next year’s Africa Un Un­der-20 Cup of Na­tions af­ter elimi elim­i­nat­ing Mozam­bique from the tour tour­na­ment cour­tesy of a 2-1 ag­gre­gate score.

On theth same day, the na­tional team, Li Likuena, thumped Mau­ri­tius 3-0 in Na Namibia in their open­ing tie of the Cosa Cosafa tour­na­ment — their big­gest ever win in the re­gional com­pe­ti­tion.

While t there is still a long way to go for Likue­naLikue in terms of their all-round per­forma per­for­mance, the Mau­ri­tius vic­tory could not have come at a bet­ter time for the t team which had come un­der fire from the fans fol­low­ing four losses in five ma matches un­der care­taker coach Moses Maliehe.Ma

It’s ver very rare that Likuena score three goa goals in a sin­gle match and it was very re­fresh­ing to see the play­ers so clin­ica clin­i­cal in front of goal and mak­ing his­tory in the process.

Likuen Likuena took the lead through Jane Thaba-nt Thaba-ntšo just 34 sec­onds into the match, w which was the fastest goal in the his­tor his­tory of the tour­na­ment.

I don’t re­mem­ber see­ing Likuena score as e early as they did even against weaker o op­po­nents, but the dif­fer­ence on Sunda Sun­day was the in­ten­tions were there from word go and the boys made use of th the op­por­tu­ni­ties that came their way.way

I was r re­ally shocked, but in a pos­i­tive way, be­cause the team has been strug­glin strug­gling over the last month, los­ing against t the likes of Swazi­land, Botswana an and ethiopia and no one re­ally expe ex­pected them to win by such a mar­gin a as scor­ing goals has been one of the ma­jor prob­lems for the team.

The win over Mau­ri­tius was also sweet re­venge as they beat Likuena in the same com­pe­ti­tion last year.

Not only did we win con­vinc­ingly on Sun­day, Le­sotho were also the bet­ter side in all de­part­ments through­out the match. That is why even Mote­bang Sera came from the bench to score his first goal for the na­tional team.

The Mat­lama striker had a spe­cial pre­mier­ship sea­son, scor­ing 14 goals to be­come the league’s top goal-scorer. he had strug­gled to set­tle in the Likuena set-up, but I feel that goal against Mau­ri­tius could fi­nally un­lock his po­ten­tial and be the bridge that had been miss­ing for him to make the cru­cial cross­over from club to in­ter­na­tional foot­ball.

As for the na­tional un­der-20 team, Makoanyane XI, it is go­ing to be tougher in the third and fi­nal stage of the qual­i­fiers as they will be fac­ing neigh­bours South Africa.

Well, I re­mem­ber vividly that we faced the South Africans in the same qual­i­fiers in 2011 and they never ex­pected to lose to us, but they did.

Surely that is still fresh in their minds and they will come fully pre­pared for re­venge.

But I have con­fi­dence in our team as they boast some of the best young play­ers in this coun­try.

Among them was Sun­dawana striker, Raboama Koloti, who scored in the win against Mozam­bique on Sun­day.

The young man has proved him­self at club level and was sec­ond to Sera on 13 goals in the pre­mier league scor­ing charts.

But he is cer­tainly a player for the fu­ture and I will not be sur­prised if some of the coun­try’s big guns try to lure him away from Butha-buthe be­fore the new sea­son starts.

But like I have said pre­vi­ously, these boys can only grow and be­come bet­ter with more in­ter­na­tional foot­ball.

All in all, it was a week­end to re­mem­ber for our teams and I hope they con­tinue to grow from strength to strength and do us proud.

NA­TIONAL un­der-20 de­fender Le­sia thet­sane.

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