Koloti issues rallying cry

Koloti issues rallying cry

Luciah Phahla

Maseru

Lesotho Under-20 striker Roboama Koloti says the Makoanyane XI are ready for their decisive 2017 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa on Sunday.

The sides battle in the first leg of the tie this weekend at Setsoto Stadium with the return leg a fortnight later in South Africa.

The winner will progress to the eight-team finals in Zambia next year.

Speaking to thepost yesterday, Koloti said Lesotho’s players are aware of the stakes and have prepared thoroughly for the clash.

Koloti, who scored the winner in the last round against Mozambique, sat out training yesterday but said he should be fit to play on Sunday.

“This game is very important and we have to win so that we can qualify for the tournament. We are ready for them,” Koloti said.

“Our training sessions have gone very well and I think we have prepared well so far although I missed training (on Wednesday) because I went to see a doctor. I twisted my leg during training and I am hoping I will make it on Sunday. I am feeling fine,” he added.

Motlalepula Majoro’s charges defeated Mozambique 2-1 on aggregate last time out to set-up this date with Amajita who beat Namibia 2-0.

Lesotho is looking to advance to the U-20 Cup of Nations for the third time after appearances in 2011 and 2005.

Koloti said the team has been working hard to rectify mistakes made against Mozambique and will head into Sunday’s tie with clear minds.

“When you are going to play you have to study your opponents to see where they are weak and strong. You have to study them well and that’s what we did and we are already working on improving the performance we displayed against Mozambique,” he said.

Koloti also stressed the importance of scoring goals and winning the first leg at home.

“Goals are very important; we need to score a lot of goals to settle. If we can score a lot of goals on Sunday they might help us in the return leg. Nobody knows what can happen when we go to South Africa,” he said.

He continued: “We have to beat them especially because we are playing at home, we cannot afford a loss at home. We don’t know how things might go when we visit them. Winning at home will also ease the pressure on us when we go to South Africa.”

The in-form Koloti, who notched 13 league goals for Sundawana last season, is hoping to find the net again this weekend and help Lesotho qualify for the Africa U-20 Cup of Nations.

“I am ready. I want to score goals and hopefully this weekend I can continue scoring. I haven’t seen any (South Africa) player honestly that can give us problems on Sunday,” he said.

Next year’s finals are scheduled for February 26 to March 12. The top four finishers in Zambia will qualify for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup next May in South Korea.

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