Likuena refuse to throw in towel

Likuena refuse to throw in towel

Maseru – Likuena stand-in captain Mafa Moremoholo believes all is not lost in Lesotho’s quest to qualify for the 2018 African National Championship (CHAN).
Likuena host Comoros on Saturday facing a difficult 2-0 deficit after a disappointing loss last weekend in the first leg in Moroni.
However, despite the high odds, Moremoholo — who is standing in for the injured Bokang Mothoana — insisted Likuena can still win and progress to face Zimbabwe or Namibia in next month’s final qualifying round for January’s finals in Kenya.

Moremoholo said Moses Maliehe’s charges were only let down by poor finishing in Comoros.
“We still have a chance to come back from this loss, our performance in Comoros was not bad at all we played well and created chances but we were just unfortunate not to convert any chances we created,” he said.

Comoros is ranked 140th by FIFA and Lesotho is 138th. It is not the first time they have shocked Likuena.
In 2015, Comoros knocked Lesotho out in a preliminary 2018 World Cup qualifier on away goals after a 1-1 draw in Maseru.
On that occasion the teams played to a goalless draw in Comoros in the first leg before a draw in Maseru.
Moremoholo said home support will be crucial on Saturday at Setsoto Stadium.

“Comoros were playing at home (in the first leg) and had to prove themselves in front of their fans and we are also playing at home, of course, we have to prove ourselves. We are hurt by this loss and we are going to use the advantage of playing at home to come back,” he said.

“Now we have the support from Basotho and I think that will help us a lot. There are many factors that I think led to our defeat, besides the goal scoring problems we also faced challenges with the weather, where we were staying it was cold, and it was different from where we were playing it was very hot,” Moremoholo added.

“Another thing is food; we didn’t eat well, they didn’t care for us. We had no water; we only got to bath when we got here at home. I think this was one of their silly tactics to frustrate us, but we have the responsibility to restore the team’s name and we are going to work hard this weekend,” he said.
The 2018 CHAN tournament is scheduled to take place in Kenya and only players who campaign in their local leagues are allowed to compete.

Luciah Phahla

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