Mozambique edge Likuena

Mozambique edge Likuena

Maseru – Lesotho went down 1-0 to Mozambique in an international friendly played on Tuesday night thanks to a stoppage-time goal from Dayo Antonio.
The match, which was played in the Mozambican port city of Beira, was the first for Moses Maliehe since he took over as Likuena coach on a permanent basis in December.

The friendly was also part of Lesotho’s preparations for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and 2018 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers later in the year.
Likuena are away to Tanzania on June 13 in their opening AFCON qualifier. After that Maliehe’s charges will face Comoros in a two-legged CHAN qualifier in July.
Comoros will host the first leg on July 4 before the return leg in Maseru on July 21.

Maliehe selected a strong line-up for his first game in charge with Kick4Life’s midfielder Bokang Mothoana captaining the side.
The match also saw a return to the international fold for Thapelo Mokhehle, Tšoanelo Koetle, Thapelo Tale and Litšepe Marabe after lengthy periods in the wilderness.

Lesotho has been pitted in Group L of the AFCON qualifiers against Cape Verde, Tanzania and Uganda who made an appearance at this year’s edition of the Africa Nations Cup.
Meanwhile, Likuena have been rewarded for their fine display at last year’s COSAFA Cup where they lost in the quarterfinals to eventual champions South Africa with an exemption from the group stages.

The development means Lesotho will begin its journey at future COSAFA Cup tournaments at the quarterfinal stage alongside the top seeded teams and will not have to go through the gruelling group stage as in previous competitions.

Lesotho starting line-up vs. Mozambique:
1. Likano Mphuthi
2. Mafa Moremoholo
3. Jerry Kamela
4. Motlomelo Mkhwanazi
5. Thapelo Mokhehle
6. Tšoanelo Koetle
7. Mabuti Potloane
8. Hlompho Kalake
9. Thapelo Tale
10. Bokang Mothoana (captain)
11. Litšepe Marabe

Likuena squad:
Goalkeepers
Likano Mphuthi (LDF), Sam Ketsekile, Daniel Jousse (both LCS)

Defenders
Tšeliso Ramathe, Nketsi Rankasa (both Matlama), Motlomelo Mkhwanazi (Sundawana), Poloko Mohale (LCS), Mafa Moremoholo, Tšoanelo Koetle (both Lioli), Thapelo Mokhehle (Bantu)

Midfielders
Tšeliso Ramafikeng, Bokang Mothoana (both Kick4Life), Jerry Kamela (Lioli) Thabiso Mohapi, Hlompho Kalake, Litšepe Marabe (all Bantu), Mabuti Potloane, Kefuoe Mahula, Jane Thaba-Ntšo (all Matlama), Lehlohonolo Fothoane (Swallows)

Strikers
Thabiso Brown, Thapelo Tale (both Kick4Life) Motebang Sera (Matlama)

Luciah Phahla

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