Likuena seek to maul Cape Verde

Likuena seek to maul Cape Verde

MASERU – Lesotho hosts Cape Verde in a much anticipated 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier on Sunday at Setsoto Stadium.
Likuena have never qualified for the continental showpiece and will be out to pick up their first three points of the campaign after a 1-1 draw in Tanzania in the opening game last June.
CAF have expanded the AFCON tournament from 16 to 24 teams increasing Lesotho’s chances of qualifying for the first time.

Cameroon will host next year’s edition of AFCON and Lesotho has been grouped with Uganda, Cape Verde as well as Tanzania in Group L of qualifying.
Last year, Cape Verde shocked the world when they beat South Africa 2-1 twice, away and at home, in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
Lesotho has players that can hurt teams, such as Tumelo Khutlang who recently joined South African premiership side Black Leopards.

However, the problem has always been finishing for Moses Maliehe’s charges with Likuena usually dominating games but failing to score.
That will have to change on Sunday against a well-organised Cape Verde side that is known for its clinical and direct play which has helped the tiny island nation qualify for two AFCON tournaments over the past decade.

Cape Verde is ranked at 64th position in the current FIFA rankings and 10th in the CAF rankings while Lesotho is ranked at 146th by FIFA and 41st by CAF.
Maliehe has called up his the tried and tested players for this crucial tie and a win for Lesotho would put Likuena on track to qualify for their first-ever international championship.

Goalkeepers: Likano Mphuthi (Lesotho Defence Force), Sam Ketsekile (Lesotho Defence Force), Mohau Kuenane (Lioli)

Defenders: Kopano Tseka (Lioli), Basia Makepe (Lesotho Mounted Police Service), Nkau Lerotholi (LMPS), Bokang Sello (Bantu), Mafa Moremoholo (Lioli), Bokang Mothoana (Kick4Life)

Midfielders: Tšepo Toloane (Lesotho Defence Force), Hlompho Kalake (Bantu), Luciano Matsoso (Black Leopards, South Africa), Mabuti Potloane (Matlama), Jane Thaba-Ntšo (Matlama), Lepheane Mofolo (Lesotho Defence Force), Thetso Posholi (Lesotho Correctional Service), Tshwarelo Bereng and Tumelo Khutlang (Black Leopards, South Africa)

Forwards: Nkoto Masoabi (Real Kings, South Africa) Thabang Rabi (Lesotho Defence Force), Motebang Sera (Matlama)

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