Mehalalitoe take on Banyana Banyana

Mehalalitoe take on Banyana Banyana

Maseru – Lesotho’s national women’s team, Mehalalitoe, take on South Africa’s Banyana Banyana in their opening 2017 COSAFA Women’s Championship game this afternoon in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The side left for Zimbabwe on Monday to compete in the 12-day event which will see 12 Southern African nations compete for the title. Lesotho has been pitted in Group C alongside South Africa, Botswana and Namibia.

Only the top side from each of the three groups is guaranteed a place in the semi-finals with the best second place finisher joining them.
Mehalalitoe have been given the daunting task of facing South Africa which won the first three editions of the tournament in 2002, 2006 and 2008 before losing to Zimbabwe in 2011 when the championships were last held.

However, despite the odds, national team coordinator Seephephe Matete said the tournament is the perfect opportunity for Lesotho’s players to parade their talents on a stage they rarely get. “We are pleased we had a selection camp not so long ago and it helped us come up with a very competitive squad that we took to Zimbabwe. We are confident we will do well,” Matete said.

“Our game against Banyana Banyana is expected to be a tough one and we always look forward to playing against them. It is a massive challenge which the team will take on with a huge amount of personal and team pride,” he added.
Matete said the key to Lesotho’s success will be taking things one game at a time.

After facing South Africa, Mehalalitoe meet Botswana on Saturday before playing Namibia on Sunday.
“We are ready for this tournament, we are really ready,” Matete said.
“As we approach this tournament we are just going to take each game as it comes. But we are going to do well. I can see us doing well in this tournament because the players have shown a lot of improvement and they have shown a lot enthusiasm in our training sessions.”

Lesotho’s group stage fixtures:
September 14 – Luveve Stadium
South Africa vs. Lesotho (16:30)
September 16 – Luveve Stadium
Lesotho vs. Botswana (14:30)
September 17 – Barbourfields Stadium
Namibia vs. Lesotho (14:00)

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