How the boys performed

How the boys performed

Thabiso Lichaba (5)
Lichaba did not do a whole lot more as far as saves go, if anything he left the crowd bit uncomfortable with some of his decisions to come off his goal-line even when his defenders were in position to stop the danger.
For corners and set-pieces Lichaba did not inspire much confidence as he missed most of the balls he came for and that could have cost the team. One cannot fault him for the penalty South Africa scored. Perhaps you can also give the benefit of the doubt for the second goal although it was saveable.

Tšoanelo Koetle (9)
Koetle was absolutely fantastic again in the rightback position, just as he was at the COSAFA Cup last month. He was very strong defensively and his ability to play in different positions saw him slot into midfield at times to help out.
No attack came down Koetle’s side. He stopped everything, so much so that South Africa winger Kamohelo Mahlatsi, who was the visitors’ best player on the day, switched to opposite flank to get away from Koetle. Koetle was not only brilliant defensively but he also pushed forward when Lesotho attacked. A man of the match performance.

Rethabile Rasethuntša (6)
Rasethuntša struggled to contain South Africa’s pacey wingers and it was not surprising to see Bafana’s second goal came from his flank. Towards the end of the game two of South Africa’s wingers went to Rasethuntša’s side and caused lot of problems. Although Notši defended the fullback in his press conference, he did not have a good game.

Motlomelo Mkhwanazi (7) and Basia Makepe (8)
Mkhwanazi gets a seven simply because of the penalty he gave away, other than he played very well alongside captain Makepe at the back. They managed South Africa’s attacks very well, although some of their clearances left a lot to be desired.
However, all in all, the centreback duo put in a great shift and one can only hope they continue in the same vein in the second leg this weekend.

Lisema Lebokollane and Makara Ntaitsane (7)
You could say the midfield managed well throughout the game. Seven is just about average, they weren’t superb. all of South Africa’s attacks came from the wide areas and the midfield wasn’t exposed to attacks as much.
However, the midfield pairing made some poor passes that put the defence under pressure. Lebokollane lost a lot of ball in the midfield and against a top team Likuena could get punished.

Lehlohonolo Fothoane (9)
Along with Koetle, Fothoane was the best player on the pitch. It is hard to tell if there is a blade of grass he didn’t cover on the day. Fothoane ran for the entire 90 minutes, attacking when Likuena on the attack and defending when he had to. It is not surprising because was also Lesotho’s best player at the COSAFA Cup. He is a marvel to watch and deserved the goal he scored.

Tšepo Seturumane (7)
Seturumane took his goal well and made great runs behind South Africa’s defenders when he had to. Perhaps his lack of pace is a weakness but, overall, he had a good game. He could have been subbed earlier in the second half as it was clear he was tired, but it was a good outing for a striker.

Hlompho Kalake and Jane Thaba-Ntšo (7)
He may have scored from the penalty spot but I was still not satisfied with Kalake’s performance. I was also not happy with his performances at COSAFA Cup because he can do way better.
Maybe I am being greedy because we know his qualities and what he can do. But he scored a well-taken penalty which gave the keeper no chance. Thaba-Ntšo was unlucky not to get a goal but this was still a good outing from the playmaker.

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