Matsoso joins MLS side

Matsoso joins MLS side

Maseru – Lesotho national coach Moses Maliehe says he is keeping tabs on Napo Matsoso who was drafted by Major Soccer League (MLS) side New England Revolution in America last Friday.

Maliehe said he is in constant contact with the diminutive winger and will consider him for Likuena in future should things go well for him in America.
The 22-year-old was selected by the Revolution at the MLS SuperDraft after spending four years at Kentucky University.
He is expected to join his new club for the start of preseason training on January 23 before the MLS season starts on March 3 when Matsoso is set to become the only Lesotho player plying his trade in a top professional league abroad.

Should Matsoso impress, he would add much needed experience to Likuena’s squad with the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers set to begin in June.
Lesotho has been drawn in Group L against Uganda, Tanzania and Cape Verde in the race to Cameroon 2019.
“I have been following (Matsoso) and his progress and I have talked to his parents as well,” Maliehe said.

“He is well aware of our intentions as we are always in contact and talking. Of course, if things go well for him, we will consider him (for Likuena). When the players are still in college it is not easy for them to be released to the national team, but right now I think he is finishing up,” he added.
Maliehe said Matsoso’s move into one of the world’s top leagues is a positive development for Lesotho football and will boost Likuena.
During last year’s 2017 AFCON qualifiers, Jane Tšotleho, who plays in America’s second tier, was the only overseas based player in Maliehe’s squad.
“It is good for our football and it will give our team a new stature,” Maliehe said.

“Even our local based players, when they see a professional player in the squad, it will change the way they do things. Whether Matsoso is successful or not in America I will still be following his progress.”

Luciah Phahla

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