Mahlaha targets knock-out phase

Mahlaha targets knock-out phase

MASERU – Lesotho Under-17 head coach Halemakale Mahlaha says he is targeting the knockout stages of the 2019 COSAFA Under-17 Championships set for October 11 to 20 in Blantyre, Malawi.
Last year Lesotho was knocked out during the group stages and Mahlaha said Bahlabani have learned from last year’s tournament in Mauritius and can go further this year.
Lesotho is in Group B with defending champions Angola, along with Comoros and Mozambique
Mahlaha named his provisional Bahlabani squad last Saturday and is expected to trim the number of players before the team departs for Malawi.

“We went to the tournament last year and we learnt and this year we want to at least pass the group stages,” Mahlaha said.
“Every team is difficult, it just depends on your planning on the day and luck. I think all the teams are similar in terms of strength. Angola, Mozambique and even Comoros, we will approach them in a way that we want to beat them,” he added.

The one headache for Mahlaha is the team’s preparations for the tournament.
He said Bahlabani’s lead up has been disturbed by the upcoming school examinations which have forced him leave out players who will be writing their exams.
“We were disturbed by the exams that are starting but the team is still a bit similar to the one from last year in terms of the talent we have selected and our target this year is to get past the group stages,” Mahlaha said.

He said last year’s preparations for the COSAFA youth tournament were better.
“This year our preparation was on the weekend only while last year we had June and July. (Last year) we had a lot of time to prepare but in terms of talent the players are still similar from our assessment,” Mahlaha explained.

“We are ready even though we had disturbances like the exams that are starting and we had to cut the players doing Form C this year. Other than that I think we are good. We are going there to contest not to participate.”
Bahlabani provisional squad:

Motlatsi Sebapala, Sidwell Maduke, Maqebo Temana, Teboho Moleko

Tumisang Nkubu, Neo Kholuoe, Tumisang Sefeane, Khatebe Seotsanyane, Tebello Mosoeu, Lesia Mabote

Bokang Rajane, Taemane Shea, Thapelo Chabeli, Relebohile Mathai, Samuel Malibo, Mokorong Muso, Majara Mashela, Moqolisi Mothae, Herry Zililo, Refiloe Mokokoane, Monaheng Monaheng, Tlotlisang Ntakatsana, Mochatso Senna, Thabang Matekane, Moeketsi Phenetsi

Lintle Chocholo, Neo Maieane, Kefiloe Nqoko, Kabelo Makoa

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