Maliehe proud of Likuena

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

Likuena coach Moses Maliehe has praised his charges fol­low­ing im­pres­sive per­for­mances at the re­gional Cosafa tour­na­ment cur­rently un­der­way in namibia.

The na­tional foot­ball team ar­rived in the coun­try yes­ter­day af­ter los­ing to South africa on penal­ties in the quar­ter­fi­nals last Satur­day. Likuena also lost the plate semi-fi­nal to Zambia 3-2 on Tues­day night, but Maliehe says he has noth­ing but praise for the play­ers af­ter Likuena won all their group matches against Malawi, Mada­gas­car and an­gola to pro­ceed to the quar­ter­fi­nal stage.

“The team was a bit tired when we played Bafana Bafana who were play­ing their first match of the tour­na­ment as they joined in at the quar­ter­fi­nal stage,” he said.

“We had played three matches against tough op­po­nents in a space of a week and that was too much on the team.

“But de­spite the fa­tigue and in­juries to some of our key play­ers, we kept fight­ing. That has made me a proud coach and we just have to con­tinue with the good work.

“There are a lot of pos­i­tives to be taken from the tour­na­ment in namibia and i be­lieve we will get bet­ter with time.

“We made a num­ber of changes to the team to give other play­ers a run and we were not that bad ex­cept that we lost con­cen­tra­tion to give away our lead against Zambia and even­tu­ally lose the tie.”

The changes in­cluded bring­ing in Mat­lama cap­tain Phafa Tšosane, who played his first match against Zambia and scored a beau­ti­ful free-kick.

“The boys got the ex­po­sure they needed and re­sponded very well win­ning all their matches in the group stage,” he said.

This was the first time that Likuena won all their group stage matches with­out con­ced­ing a goal.

Jane Thaba-ntšo also set a new record at the tour­na­ment, scor­ing the fastest goal in the open­ing match against Mau­ri­tius which came just 34 sec­onds into the game.

The Mat­lama for­ward was also the team’s top goalscorer in Namibia af­ter find­ing the net three times.

Likuena Cosafa squad Daniel Jousse, Sepir­iti Male­fane, Ba­sia Makepe, Mafa More­moho, kopano Tseka, Hlompo kalake, Mabuti Pot­loane, ke­fuoe Mahula, Jane Thaba-ntso, Tsepo Se­turu- mane, Tu­malo khut­lang, Lite­boho Mokhehle, Bokang Sello, Phafa Tsosane, Sera Mote­bang, Mot­lomelo Mk­wanazi, Mon­toeli Sonopo, Thabo Seakhoa.

Kopano TSEKA (RIGHT) Is CHAL­LENGED By Pat­son DAKA of ZAMBIA Dur­ing THE 2016 COSAFA Cup PLATE SEMI­FI­NAL At SAM Nu­joma STA­DIUM In WIND­HOEK, NAMIBIA on TUES­DAY.

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