Likuena chase historic victory

Likuena chase historic victory

MASERU – The mood is high in the Lesotho national team squad ahead of next weekend’s crunch final game of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers against Cape Verde.
Likuena captain Mafa Moremoholo said all the players are focused on the upcoming game and know what is at stake.
The Lioli star said the fact Lesotho still has a chance to qualify for the continental showpiece is enough motivation to push the players to fight for a victory away from home which can secure a ticket to the AFCON finals in June in Egypt.

It seemed as though Likuena had blown their chances of qualifying but a 1-0 win over Tanzania last November brought Moses Maliehe’s side back into the mix.
Lesotho and Tanzania are level on points with seven each after five games. However, Likuena are second behind leaders Uganda because of a better head-to-head record against Tanzania after November’s win and a 1-1 draw in Dar-es-Salaam in June 2017.

It means a victory next Saturday in Cape Verde would put them on their way to Egypt alongside Uganda who have already won Group L.
Likuena will leave the country tomorrow for Pretoria where they are set to camp for a week before travelling to Cape Verde. Likuena are banking on the experience of the players playing outside the country to help them go through.
Black Leopards winger Tumelo Khutlang has been out with an injury but he confirmed to thepost that he has recovered and is now ready for the game.

Moremoholo said he believes Likuena have what it takes to win the game and qualify in what would be historic victory for Lesotho.
“Yes, I think the fact that we still have a chance to qualify is enough motivation for us to go out there and fight, the players are focused on it and we are going there knowing there is an opportunity we could qualify,” Moremoholo said.
“When we are in training the coaches are working on different things especially the things we are lacking in and, of course, on the opposition’s weaknesses. We have played them here before so we have been working on that,” he said.
This final tie will be officiated by a Malian officiating crew led by Mahamadou Keita, one of FIFA’s most experienced referees.

Keita has never been in charge of a Likuena match before but will be officiating a match involving Cape Verde for the fourth time. He has been in charge of 51 international matches so far.
Jane Tšotleho, who plays his football for Louisville City in the United States, as well as Lesia Thetsane will be part of the national team squad for the game in Cape Verde.

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