Me­ha­lal­i­toe face Swazi­land

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

THE Le­sotho women’s na­tional soc­cer team, in­clud­ing South African side Bloem­fontein Celtic cap­tain Boi­tumelo Ra­bele, are sched­uled to de­part today for Swazi­land for two friendly matches against their coun­ter­parts on Satur­day and Sun­day.

Coach Monaheng Mon­tšo said the games would as­sist the de­vel­op­ment of his side.

“The matches are very im­por­tant to the team be­cause the girls will get a chance to com­pete and gain in­ter­na­tional ex­po­sure,” Mon­tšo said.

“The bonus for the team and the tech­ni­cal team is that LEFA (Le­sotho Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion) has promised to en­roll the team in con­ti­nen­tal qualifiers as well as the World Cup qual­i­fy­ing games if we do well in these friendly matches. It is a good rea­son for us to give our best as the girls would love to play in the im­por­tant qualifiers.

“The good thing is that we now have a league for the women teams and they are al­ways in ac­tion un­like in the past where the play­ers would be very rusty, thus mak­ing it dif­fi­cult for the na­tional team coaches,” he said.

He said the twenty mem­ber team started prepa­ra­tions last week but only had a full camp on Mon­day.

“We se­lected the best play­ers from our Women’s Su­per league and we be­lieve they will do the coun­try proud and prove that they are ready for big­ger com­pe­ti­tions,” he said.

Me­ha­lal­i­toe squad to face Swazi­land:

Ma­mon­ethi Ra­pu­leng, Ntšabeng Pe­lea, ‘Ma­fusi Ph­e­sulu, Palesa Mpeta, Ke­fuoe Makoa, Ler­ato K’heme, Thato Moifo, Kholu Le­bak­eng, Boi­tumelo Ra­bale, Litšeoane Maloro, Hlom­pho Ra­male­fane, Mosili Motšoe­neng, Mosilinyane Le­faphane, Retha­bile Ntobo, Se­nate Let­sie, Chair­man Se­toko, Rele­bo­hile Akhente, Macheche Mat­lamela, Mamo­hapi Ma­sitise, Thato Sen­tje.

Le­sotho Women’s na­tional team Me­ha­lal­i­toe will head to swazi­land for two friendly matches.

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