Notši picks squad for Ethiopia clash

Notši picks squad for Ethiopia clash

MASERU – Lesotho caretaker coach, Leslie Notši, has called up a 22-man squad for next month’s 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Ethiopia.
The first leg will be on September 2 with Likuena travelling to Ethiopia. The return leg will be in Maseru on September 10.
It will not be the first time the two countries lock horns; they met in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in 2015 and 2016. Ethiopia emerged 2-1 winners on both occasions and now Lesotho will be looking for revenge.

The Lesotho Football Association (LEFA) has announced Notši will continue to lead Likuena until the association announces a new permanent coach for the team. Notši is LEFA’s technical director and was roped in last month to take charge of the national side on a temporary basis.
There are no surprise names in his 22-man squad. The majority of the players were in the Likuena set-up for July’s 2019 COSAFA Cup and last week’s CAF Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifying win over South Africa.
Black Leopards winger Luciano Matsoso has been left out of the squad, however.

Since moving to South Africa’s Premier Soccer League (PSL) last year not only has Matsoso struggled to break into the Leopards first team like his countrymen and teammates Tšoarelo Bereng and Tumelo Khutlang, he has also been nursing injuries.
Likuena started training on Wednesday in preparation for the difficult trip to Ethiopia.
Notši will be pleased Likuena striker Motebang Sera has finally been issued with his PSL playing card which means he is now available for selection at his new club, Bloemfontein Celtic.
Sera signed a three-year deal with Bloemfontein Celtic last month but missed the team’s opening two games of the new league season.
Now that he is available for selection, Sera could make his debut this weekend in the MTN 8 quarterfinals against Mamelodi Sundowns.

Likuena squad:

Goalkeepers
Thabiso Lichaba, Likano Mphuthi

Defenders
Basia Makepe, Motlomelo Mkhwanazi, Nkau Lerotholi, John Mohai, Rethabile Mokokoana, Rethabile Rasethuntša, Tšoanelo Koetle

Midfielders
Tšepo Toloane, Lisema Lebokollane, Jane Thaba-Ntšo, Hlompho Kalake, Lehlohonolo Fothoane, Neo Mokhachane, Tšoarelo Bereng, Tumelo Khutlang, Makara Ntaitsane

Forwards
Tšepo Seturumane, Motebang Sera, Mokone Marabe, Nkoto Masoabi

Past meetings between Lesotho and Ethiopia:

2017 AFCON qualifiers

14 June 2015 – Ethiopia 2-1 Lesotho

5 June 2016 – Lesotho 1-2 Ethiopia

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