Sera Motebang
  • 11 October, 2018

MASERU - When the Likuena (Crocodiles) travel to Uganda for the crucial group L AFCON 2019 qualifier against the Cranes at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole, the Ugandans defence should be wary of one key face in Sera Motebang.

What makes things more fascinating is that Lesotho is not the cannon fodder that the Cranes faced in September of 2006 and June of 2007.

Uganda thrashed Lesotho 3-0 in a 2008 Afcon qualifier.

So, just like Likuena who held the wooden spoon in the group, the Cranes failed to make the grade for the 2008 Afcon finals.
A little over a decade on, with two 2019 Afcon finals berths up for grabs, both countries aren’t in doubt about the rich rewards of negotiating their upcoming doubleheader with great distinction.
It will be pivotal as the road to Cameroon 2019 becomes more clear.

The Matlama Football Club forward, scorer of Likuena’s opener against a 10-man Cape Verde side at Setsoto Stadium will lead the quest for goals alongside Real King’s Masoabi Nkoto as well as LCS’ duo of Setho Moshoeshoe and Thapelo Tale.

The attacking quartet are part of head coach Moses Maliehe’s traveling team to Kampala for the first leg of the double header.

The traveling team to Uganda also has three goalkeepers, four defenders and seven midfielders.

There is no space for Bokang Sello and Lesia Thetsane who did not travel for different reasons.

Bantu Football Club left-back Bokang will miss the game because of suspension having accumulated two yellow cards.

American based, Lesia Thetsane, who was the first choice in the position at the COSAFA Cup is also unavailable for selection due to academic commitments.

Likuena is expected in Uganda on Thursday evening.

The two countries face off in a double header, first this Saturday at Namboole Stadium before squaring off three days later at the Setsoto Stadium.

Uganda currently leads group L with four points in two games.

Lesotho and Tanzania share second position with two points apiece and Cape Verde has picked just one point.

The two top countries in each of the groups will qualify for the continental competition to be staged in Cameroon come the year, 2019.

Likuena Squad:

Goalkeepers: Samuel Khetsekile (FC Masheshena), Lomani Mphuthi (LDF FC), Mohau Kuenane (Free agent).

Defenders: Kopano Tseka (Lioli Football club), Mafa Moremoholo (Lioli Football club), Nkau Lerotholi (LMPS), Basia Makepe (LMPS).

Midfielders: Tsepo Toloane (LDF), Tsotleho Jane (Free agent), Hlompho Kalake (Bantu FC), Luciano Matsoso (Black Leopards), Mabuti Potloane (Matlama Football club), Tumelo Khutlang (Black Leopards), Jane Thaba Ntso (Matlama).

Forwards: Masoabi Nkoto (Real Kings FC), Motebang Sera (Matlama), Setho Moshoeshoe (LCS), Thapelo Tale (LCS).

DM reporter

Arnold Schwarzenegger

“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

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