Likuena in crunch clash
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.
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.