Brown, Matsoso out of friendly ties

Brown, Matsoso out of friendly ties

MASERU – Likuena will be without the services of striker Thabiso Brown, who is based in Bolivia, as well as United States based Napo Matsoso for the upcoming friendly matches against Mozambique and Eswatini.
Both players are unavailable for the games early next month but Likuena head coach Thabo Senong said Brown may be available for the COSAFA Cup tournament.

Matsoso’s status for the COSAFA is doubtful and Senong said they are still waiting to hear from Matsoso and his coaches.
The other two players Senong is said to have question marks over are Lesia Thetsane and Kabai Mahlatsane who are also based in the US, but are both in the Likuena squad.

The absence of Brown and Matsoso has forced Senong to make changes to his plans.
He said they also have challenges with three South Africa-based players namely Motebang Sera (Bloemfontein Celtic), Tumelo Khutlang (Black Leopards) as well as Tšoarelo Bereng (TTM), as their clubs all have matches on the dates Likuena will be playing their friendly games.
Senong said they do not know if the trio will be available or not.

‘‘The provisional list for Likuena is 50 players but when Mozambique gave us an invitation we were forced to trim down our squad into 24. Some of the players that were in the 50 were excluded but when the spaces are being created they come in,” Senong said.
“Tumelo (Makha) has been in our plans and we are communicating with his coach because when we recruit players we look at character. Do you understand that you are going to play for your country, you are going to meet new players, new coaches and you have to adapt as quickly as possible,” Senong said.

Senong also revealed three Under-20 players left the country on Monday to Pretoria to train with GladAfrica team University of Pretoria. The players are Mokoteli Mohapi, Motela Khemisi and Shali Lekhotla. The three players were part of the 50-men list and are expected to arrive in the country on Friday. Senong said those three players remain an option.
He added that with the Vodacom Premier League on-going, anyone can raise their performance and they will not be overlooked.

Goalkeepers:
Sekhoane Moerane, Monaheng Ramalefane

Defenders:
Basia Makepe, Thabang Malane, Lesia Thetsane, Motlomelo Mkwanazi, Thabo Matšoele, Lisema Lebokollane, Tso’anelo Koetle, Kabai Mahlatsane.

Midfielders:
Tumelo Ngatane, Tau Masiu, Tumelo Khutlang, Jane Thabantšo, Luciano Matsoso, Hlompho Kalake, Tshwarelo Bereng, Tšepo Toloane, Jane Tšotleho. Thabo Seakhoa, Tumelo Makha

Strikers:
Motebang Sera, Nkoto Masoabi, Litšepe Marabe

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