LDF Ladies seek to down  Sundowns

LDF Ladies seek to down Sundowns

MASERU – Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) Ladies begin their COSAFA Women’s Champions League campaign against South African champions Mamelodi Sundowns today in Durban.
It is the first-ever edition of a regional women’s Champions League and the army side are looking to make an impressive debut.
The Lesotho champions left the country on Monday and had their first training session on Tuesday and another yesterday.

The game against Mamelodi Sundowns will be the first of three games LDF Ladies will play in Group A where they are also set to face Manzini Wanderers of Eswatini and Double Action from Botswana.
The winners of this inaugural tournament will qualify for the CAF Women’s Champions League, which will also be the first of its kind and will be played later this year in Cairo, Egypt.
Speaking yesterday in the build-up to the game against Mamelodi Sundowns, LDF head coach Lengana Nkhethoa, who is standing in for Lehloenya Nkhasi, said all his players are ready for battle even though they faced challenges because of the Covid-19 pandemic in their preparations.

“Everything is in good condition we are ready for the war tomorrow even though there were some problems concerning this pandemic. Our team is ready I can assure you that we are more than ready for Mamelodi Sundowns tomorrow. Each and every one of our players is determined to compete and win this tournament,” he said.

On Saturday, the Lesotho Football Association (LEFA) held an official send-off for LDF Ladies and the association’s president, Advocate Salemane Phafane, wished the team well and said they should set the standard for clubs that will represent the country at the tournament in future.
Phafane said the association has no doubt the team is ready and it has trust in LDF Ladies’ players and coaching staff. The weekend send-off was also attended by the army’s commander, Lieutenant General Mojalefa Letsoela, who also encouraged the team to do well in the tournament.
He said the team must bring victory not excuses.

Mamelodi Sundowns are the champions of South Africa’s women’s league. They are not only expected to win the group but are big favourites to win the tournament and qualify for Egypt.
To proceed to the next round LDF Ladies do not need to win the group, however, because a second place finish will ensure they get a place in the semi-finals.

Because Group A has four teams, LDF has three games to try and qualify for the next stage unlike in the Group B which features only three teams – Green Buffaloes from Zambia, Black Rhino Queens from Zimbabwe as well as TURA Magic of Namibia.
The Women Super League (WSL) champions have been training for months and were involved in the Dare To Dream Championship in June to prepare for the COSAFA Women’s Champions League.

Tlalane Phahla

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