Likuena in crunch clash

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

Na­tional team in­terim coach Moses Maliehe says his charges can­not af­ford to lose to­day’s crunch Cosafa Group B clash against Malawi whose out­come would de­ter­mine the team’s fate in the re­gional tour­na­ment.

the two na­tions are level on points af­ter two wins apiece but likuena en­joy a bet­ter goal dif­fer­ence and need just a point to set a date with South Africa in the quar­ter­fi­nal of the re­gional com­pe­ti­tion, which is tak­ing place in Namibia.

likuena started the tour­na­ment with a 3-0 win over Mau­ri­tius on Sun­day be­fore beat­ing an­gola 2-0 on tues­day night while Malawi opened their cam­paign with a 3-0 vic­tory over an­gola fol­lowed by a 1-0 de­feat of Mau­ri­tius.

tumelo Khut­lang and Hlom­pho Kalake got the two goals for likuena in the win over an­gola, while Jane thaba-ntšo, Jerry Kamele and Sera Mote­bang were on tar­get against Mau­ri­tius.

“To us, this match will be like a cup fi­nal. We have to fight from the first whis­tle to the last,” Maliehe yes­ter­day told the Leso

tho Times from Wind­hoek. “We have to fight with ev­ery­thing we have, and i am very op­ti­mistic be­cause the play­ers have given their best from the first match of this com­pe­ti­tion.

“last night against an­gola who are a bit phys­i­cal com­pared to Mau­ri­tius, we used a dif­fer­ent game-plan, but the boys passed with fly­ing colours.

“this tour­na­ment has given us a plat­form to con­tinue grow­ing as a team, but we will give our best in ev­ery match,” said Maliehe.

Play­maker Mabuti Pot­loane echoed his coach’s sen­ti­ments and said the team was de­ter­mined to go all the way to the fi­nal.

“We have to be fully pre­pared for Malawi be­cause they are also a good side and very phys­i­cal,” Pot­loane said.

“I think the bat­tle will be in mid­field and that’s where we will have to stop them and win the fight.

“But we are mo­ti­vated and will be fo­cused the en­tire game be­cause the dream is to go to the knock­out stage to do our coun­try proud,” the mer­cu­rial mid­fielder said.

Mean­while, likuena will be boosted by the re­turn of Kamele who limped off the pitch af­ter scor­ing a penalty against Mau­ri­tius and missed the an­gola tie.

Likuena squad

Daniel Jousse, Sepir­iti Male­fane, Ba­sia Makepe, Mafa More­moho, Kopano Tseka, Hlompo Kalake, Mabuti Pot­loane, Ke­fuoe Mahula, Jane Thaba-ntšo, Tšepo Se­tu­ru­mane, Tu­malo Khut­lang, Lite­boho Mokhehle, Bokang Sello, Phafa Tšosane, Sera Mote­bang, Mot­lomelo Mk­wanazi, Mon­toeli Sonopo, Thabo Seakhoa.

from Left: Likuena play­ers tšepo Se­tu­ru­mane, tu­malo Khut­lang, mabuti Pot­loane and Ba­sia makepe cel­e­brate their goal in tues­day’s Cosafa clash against An­gola in Wind­hoek, Namibia.

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