Matsoso out of Zebras tie

Matsoso out of Zebras tie

MASERU – Poland-based Likuena star, Luciano Matsoso, has been ruled out of the friendly tie against Botswana which is set for Gaborone this Saturday. Lesotho Football Association (LEFA) public relations officer Thabo Maretlane confirmed the development in an interview with thepost this week.

After the game, Likuena will travel to Namibia to face the Brave Warriors in another international friendly tie next Tuesday.
Maretlane said while plans to bring Matsoso failed, Cambodia based Jane Tšotleho joined the national team camp this week to prepare with his teammates under the watchful eye of coach, Moses Maliehe.

“Jane is there (in the squad), the only player that will not be coming is Matsoso,” Maretlane said. “We tried to prepare for (Matsoso) to come but it all ended up failing so he will not be coming. The team is leaving (today) for Botswana for the game that will be played on Saturday then after that friendly match they will be travelling to Namibia for another friendly game set for Tuesday,” he added.
Last July, Lesotho beat Namibia 5-4 on penalties in the COSAFA Castle Cup quarterfinals after the clash ended goalless. Maretlane said Likuena are expecting a difficult match next Tuesday because Namibia will be looking for revenge.

Botswana, meanwhile, are one of the continent’s most improved football nations and this past weekend their champions Township Rollers became the country’s first club to reach the group stages of the CAF Champions League. Maretlane said the two friendly games are tests Lesotho needs.

“We chose Botswana because lately we know that we give each other a tough match every time we clash and it is going to be tough,” he said.
“Namibia are also our big competitors,” he added.

“We kicked them out of COSAFA Cup (last year) and we are certain that they are going give us a tough time to get revenge.”
Likuena will have to make do with captain Bokang Mothoana, however, after he was forced to leave camp on Monday due to injury.
The last friendly match between Lesotho and Botswana last May ended in 2-1 defeat for Likuena.

Nkheli Liphoto

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