MASERU — LCS coach, Mosholu “Shoes” Mokhothu, has called on his players to rise to the occasion in this afternoon’s do-or-die Confederation of African football (Caf) Champions’ League match against Zimbabwean champions Dynamos at Rufaro Stadium in Harare.
“We have to go all-out and try to come with positive results away from home and if things go according to plan we can finish the game in the second leg match at home,” Mokhothu said. “I have no doubt that if we can do well away from home then we stand a good chance of doing well in this year’s edition of the continental competition.”
He told the Sunday Express before they left the country that their task will be made even difficult by the fact that Dynamos will be having home advantage in the first leg match.
The Masheshena coach said his team has looked better compared to the past years when they were knocked-out in the early stages of the continental club competition. “We have to fight to win this match, the determination has been there in the squad and they just have to believe in themselves and do the job,” said Mokhothu. “The game against Dynamos will be a test of character for our boys. We have prepared them mentally and physically because we knew it was going to be a tough game playing away from home,” he said.
Talented striker, Lawrence Molengoana, will be the one player Mokhothu will solely miss in the first leg game.
The former Matlama goal poacher has been struggling with a knee injury and the team will have to do without him against the Zimbabwean champions. LCS public relations officer, Kofa Ntai, praised the team after their Monday goalless draw away to Gaborone United in their last preparatory match. “It was good that we did not concede goals, it shows that we are solid at the back and in the midfield as well, but we are still struggling to finish the chances we create,” Ntai said.
He said scoring an away goal could be crucial in the second leg match and it’s important for his team to score in this afternoon’s encounter.
Ntai told the Sunday Express that he expects Mokhothu to go for an attacking approach in search of the important away goal. Probable LCS starting line-up: Goalkeeper: Kholuoe Phasumane
The brave former Lioli goalkeeper has been preferred ahead of his competitors at both the national team and club levels in international matches especially playing away from home.
His dominance in goals is set to continue in today’s match and surely he will start in goals ahead of Sam Ketsekile.
Central defence: Moitheri Ntobo and Poloko Mohale
The lanky Likuena captain remains a key figure in this LCS team and will surely start in central defence alongside Poloko Mohale.
Both are reliable and have been performing well in recent months for the Correctional Service side.
Ntobo also brings the experience and leadership qualities into the team.
Fullbacks: Tšepo George and Likano Teele
George and Teele have been regular fullbacks for LCS over the months and are expected to complete the last line of the back four in the LCS team.
Midfield: Ralekoti Mokhahlane
The ever reliable and hard working Mokhahlane is the star man in this LCS team and is expected to take the lead role in the midfield as always.
The worry in the LCS camp is that the midfield maestro missed a lot of training in recent weeks preparing for the burial of his late father, but those who know him will agree that he is a player for big occasions and should come to the party in the match against Dynamos.
The trio of Lieta Lehloka, Katleho Lethabela and experienced Kutloisiso Nthonyana are expected to play alongside Mokhahlane in the middle of the park.
Strikers: Thulo Ranchobe and Thabane Rankara
The two strikers have proved their goal-scoring abilities throughout the years and should lead the LCS attacking force this afternoon.