Fresh faces for CHAN squad

Fresh faces for CHAN squad

MASERU – Lesotho national coach, Moses Maliehe, has named a provisional 26-man squad for next month’s 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier against South Africa.
The first leg will be played at Setsoto Stadium towards the end of July with the second leg at the beginning of August.
The CHAN tournament is contested only by players who play in their respective local leagues meaning Likuena will be without South African based stars Tumelo Khutlang, Tshwarelo Bereng, Luciano Matsoso and Masoabi Nkoto as well as Lesia Thetsane who plies his trade in the United States.

Some players that were in Likuena’s squad for the 2019 COSAFA Cup in South Africa earlier this month where Lesotho finished fourth have retained their places while some have dropped out.
Notably, Likuena’s penalty hero at the regional tournament, Sam Ketsekile, has not made it into the provisional squad and his place has been taken by Sekhoane Moerane of Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) while fellow goalkeepers Monaheng Ramalefane and Thabiso Lichaba have kept their places.
Matlama defender, Mohai Mohai, was in the initial squad for the COSAFA Cup but had to be left behind because of an unfortunate injury setback shortly before the team’s departure. He returns to the fold.
A new face is Tšoarelo Mokoaleli of Liphakoe while promising Makoanyane XI midfielder Mokoteli Mohapi has also been included.

All in all, it is quite a changed squad as Likuena assistant coach Mpitsa Marai promised after Lesotho was knocked out of the COSAFA Cup at the semi-final stage.
The number of players in the squad will be cut to 20 when the qualifiers approach and it remains to be seen who will keep their places in the team at the end of Likuena’s training camp over the next couple of weeks.
Much is riding on the CHAN tie against South Africa. The futures of Likuena’s technical team will also be made public by the Lesotho Football Association after the two-legged qualifier.

Likuena’s provisional squad for 2020 CHAN qualifiers:

Goalkeepers
Thabiso Lichaba (Bantu), Sekhoane Moerane (LMPS), Monaheng Ramalefane (Matlama)
Defenders
Mohai Mohai (Matlama), Mafa Moremoholo (Lioli), Motlomelo Mkhwanazi (Bantu), Kopano Tseka (Lioli) Rethabile Mokokoane (Matlama) Mojalefa Ramabusa (LCS) Lehlohonolo Moabi ( LCS).

Midfielders
Kefuoe Mahula (Matlama), Relebohile Mabone (LMPS), Lehlohonolo Fothoane (Bantu), Makara Ntaitsane (LCS), Tšepo Toloane (LDF), Tšoarelo Mokoaleli (Liphakoe), Letlala Moshoeshoe (LDF), Neo Moshoeshoe (Bantu) Mokoteli Mohapi (Kick4Life), Thetso Phosholi (LCS), Khubetsoana Kamela (Kick4Life)

Strikers
Tšeliso Botsane (Kick4Life, Thabang Rabi (LDF), Thabiso Mari (Likhopo) Motebang Sera (Matlama) Rethabile Selonyane (Linare).

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