Majoro won’t give up

Majoro won’t give up

Luciah Phahla

Maseru

Lesotho Under-20 coach Motlalepula Majoro is refusing to give up on his side’s 2017 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations qualifying hopes.

On Sunday, the Makoanyane XI lost 2-0 to their South African counterparts Amajita at Setsoto Stadium leaving Lesotho with a mountain to climb in next weekend’s second leg.

Speaking to thepost yesterday, Majoro admitted it will not be easy for his team to overturn a two-goal deficit but he remained optimistic Lesotho can pull off an upset.

“We are not giving up. I think there is still a chance for us to come back. It is definitely not going to be easy at all, but there is still a chance for us,” Majoro said.

The Makoanyane XI were downed in the first leg by goals from Liam Jordan and Kamohelo Sithole meaning Amajita need just a draw in the return to qualify for next year’s finals in Zambia.

Even so, Majoro said he hopes his players will pick themselves up in the return leg pointing out they usually perform well away from home.

“I don’t know why, but most of the times when we play away from home they tend to play well and focus better when there are not many local supporters,” he said.

Majoro, nonetheless, moaned the manner of Lesotho’s first leg defeat saying his side gave South Africa too much space.

“We gave them a lot of space. If you look at the first goal, that came as a result of a cross. The player who crossed the ball was alone and had the chance to control the ball,” Majoro complained.

“If we closed him at that very moment he would not have had a chance to cross that ball. Maybe he would have passed instead. And the second goal as well, we were now under pressure and attacking without caring what happens (in defence); we wanted a goal and they scored a second one,” he said.

Majoro’s charges are seeking to become the third Lesotho Under-20 side to qualify for the continental youth finals after the country’s appearances in 2011 and 2005.

A positive note is that Makoanyane XI are set to be boosted by the return of leading striker Roboama Koloti.

The Sundawana hitman missed the first leg with an injury sustained in training last week. Majoro confirmed Koloti will be available for next weekend’s decider.

“He will be available next week and we have pinned our hopes on him that he can come and score some goals for us,” he said.

Next year’s African U-20 finals are scheduled for February 26 to March 12.

The top four teams in Zambia will qualify for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup set for South Korea.

 

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