Senong picks  31-men squad

Senong picks 31-men squad

MASERU-A week ago, Lesotho head coach Thabo Senong warned his next national team selection process would be different from previous times because of the current Covid-19 sports shutdown and seven months of no football.

Normally, when selecting players for Likuena, Senong considered form and performances for their respective clubs. However, at the moment nobody is playing and so by definition no one is on form.
Senong has had to improvise in his latest Likuena selection and he and his staff have prioritised experience and skill as the main selection criteria.
Overall, the 31 preliminary players Senong has called up are unsurprisingly similar to the Lesotho squad he named for two 2021 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers against Benin in March.

The matches never went ahead because they were postponed by CAF because of the global coronavirus but that squad was also a continuation of the team that played Likuena’s opening two Group L qualifiers against Nigeria and Sierra Leone late last year.
Only a few players have come into the squad and it is expected the team will start training today.

One of the new names Senong has called is Bantu midfielder Thabo Lesaoana who is part of the Lesotho senior set-up for the first time ever.
The midfielder could not contain his happiness when talking to thepost on Tuesday.

After a fine 2020/21 season with Bantu which included winning the Econet Premier League title, Lesaoana said he feels this is a reward for his good performances during the campaign.
Lesaoana played in the majority of Bantu’s league and cup games until the season was cut short in March.

He said this is a proud moment for him and he doesn’t want to drop out of the national team. He said he knows he has to keep performing at a high level in order to play for the national team.
“I am very happy to have got my first call-up to the national team given the difficult situation right now,” Lesaoana said.

“We haven’t played football for months so I am happy. It is a dream come true for me. I think every player grows up dreaming of playing for their country and I did as well, so this is my dream,” he added.
Lesaoana said he felt he did well last season and he revealed he is in constant communication with his coaches and senior players at Bantu and has received positive reports on his performances.

The squad that Senong has called up will eventually be trimmed down to a manageable number over the coming weeks and who stays in it will be decided after training.

Lesaoana will be hoping he is part of that final group.
“I felt I was doing well personally, my senior players were telling me that indeed I have done well. I don’t want to drop out of the Likuena squad, I am happy coach saw my performances and to stay in the team I know I have to work hard,” Lesaoana said.

Likuena’s squad
Goalkeepers: Ntsane Lichaba (Bantu), Sekhoane Moerane (LMPS), Monaheng Ramalefane (Matlama)

Defenders: Kopano Tseka, Thabang Malane (both LCS), Nkau Lerotholi, Basia Makepe (both LMPS), Motlomelo Mkhwanazi, Bokang Sello (both Bantu), Lisema Lebokollane (Matlama), Rethabile Rasethuntsá (Linare)

Midfielders: Tšepo Toloane (LDF), Thabo Lesaoana, Lehlohonolo Fothoane, Hlompho Kalake, Litšepe Marabe (all Bantu), Tumelo Ngatane (Manonyane), Jane Tšotleho, Tšoarelo Bereng (both unattached), Thabo Matšoele, Jane Thabantšo (both Matlama), Mabuti Potloane (Linare), Tumelo Khutlang (Black Leopards), Thabo Seakhoa (LCS)

Strikers: Morapeli Lesoetsa, Thapelo Tale, Nkoto Masoabi (all unattached), Tšepo Seturumane (LMPS), Thabang Rabi (LDF), Mokone Marabe (Bantu), Motebang Sera (Bloemfontein Celtic)

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