LEFA moves to secure friendlies

LEFA moves to secure friendlies

MASERU-The Lesotho Football Association (LEFA) is working on securing friendly matches for the national team ahead of Lesotho’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying double header against Benin next month.

Lesotho is in Group L alongside Benin, Sierra Leone and Nigeria and the top two nations will qualify for the AFCON finals set for 2022 in Cameroon.
Lesotho and Benin will play back-to-back games with the first match on November 9 in Benin and the return game pencilled for November 17 in Maseru.

Likuena have been in training since national coach Thabo Senong selected a 31-man preliminary squad two weeks ago and LEFA is struggling to secure an opponent to play a preparation match against due to travel bans in other countries as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

LEFA’s media officer, Mikia Kalati, said if the association manages to secure a friendly game it will make an announcement because talks are on-going.
“It is difficult at the moment due to the travel bans, some people are not able to travel but I am sure if we manage to get one it will be announced,” Kalati said.

In the past Likuena have played against South African clubs to prepare for international games.
However, it will be difficult to find a team to play against right now because the South African league is in its offseason.

With preseason having started in South Africa, Senong is also missing his players based across the border.
Those South African based players are expected to join Likuena training when the FIFA international week approaches.

The players currently in Likuena training are ones that play their football locally.

Likuena squad:
Goalkeepers: Ntsane Lichaba (Bantu), Sekhoane Moerane (LMPS), Monaheng Ramalefane (Matlama)

Defenders: Kopano Tseka, Thabang Malane (both LCS), Nkau Lerotholi, Basia Makepe (both LMPS), Motlomelo Mkhwanazi, Bokang Sello (both Bantu), Lisema Lebokollane (Matlama), Rethabile Rasethuntša (Linare)

Midfielders: Tšepo Toloane (LDF), Thabo Lesaoana, Lehlohonolo Fothoane, Hlompho Kalake, Litšepe Marabe (all Bantu), Tumelo Ngatane (Manonyane), Jane Tšotleho, Tšoarelo Bereng (both unattached), Thabo Matšoele, Jane Thabantšo (both Matlama), Mabuti Potloane (Linare), Tumelo Khutlang (Black Leopards), Thabo Seakhoa (LCS)

Strikers: Morapeli Lesoetsa, Thapelo Tale, Nkoto Masoabi (all unattached), Tšepo Seturumane (LMPS), Thabang Rabi (LDF), Mokone Marabe (Bantu), Motebang Sera (Bloemfontein Celtic)

Tlalane Phahla

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