Maseru – Lesotho’s senior soccer squad Likuena is set to face their Botswana’s counterparts Zebras in an international friendly match to be played in Gaborone, Botswana on March 24. The match will be played during the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) Calendar.
Speaking in an interview, Likuena Team Manager Mr. Rantsubise Matete said Botswana Football Association (BFA) has accepted Lesotho Football Association (LEFA) challenge but wanted the game to be played in Botswana.
However, Mr. Matete said the match will proceed if the Ministry of Gender and Youth, Sports and Recreation release funds in order for the team to start preparations.
He said: “The Likuena coach would love to see some of his new players in a game situation after spotting three players from South Africa.”
He said identified one of the players as Tšepo Matete whom he described as a new player coach Mr. Moses Maliehe spotted to be part of the Likuena players.
Mr. Matete said depending on the availability of funds, the coach would like to call foreign based Tšotleho Jane and Luciano Matsoso as part of preparation of the forth coming African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers against Cape Verde.
The Team Manager said LEFA hopes and believes that the Minister of Gender and Youth, Sports and Recreation Dr. Mahali Phamotse will ensure that the funds are released in time for the players to start preparations.
He said: “If the Ministry cannot make funds available; Likuena will not be able to honour the friendly against Botswana.”
Mr. Matete pointed out that LEFA depends entirely on government subsidy. He said: “The association cannot get sponsorships due to bad publicity, local companies are reluctant to associate with anything controversial.”
Likuena last played against Zimbabwe and Mozambique last year winning 1-0 and drawing 1-1 away. Lena