FORMER Kick4Life striker Morapeli Lesoetsa, who now plays college soccer at Lewis Clark Community College in the United States in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), has welcomed his recent Likuena call up.
Lesoetsa who played for the national under-20 side before his departure to the US last year was among the new names announced in the Likuena provisional squad for the upcoming Africa Nations Cup (AFCON) qualifier against Cape Verde in March.
The Moses Maliehe coached outfit will play Cape Verde in a must win match if they are to qualify for the June finals to be staged in Egypt.
Likuena are second in Group L with five points behind Uganda who have already qualified for the tournament with 13 points and one match to spare.
The towering striker, who has been enjoying the good run in the US, said being selected for the senior national team has been his dream.
“It has been one of my goals but I never wanted to overthink it or assume I automatically deserved it. Rather, I wanted to keep focused on improving my skills and doing what’s good on and off the field,” Lesoetsa told the Sunday Express from the US.
“Being selected for the national team will motivate me to keep working hard and believing in myself. I really appreciate this opportunity and I am willing to keep doing right.”
The player was an important member of the Moses Maliehe coached national under-20 side which was on the brink of qualifying for the Africa Youth Championship in 2014 but failed after boycotting their last qualifying match against Nigeria due to the outbreak of Ebola.
Lesoetsa said the call up will go a long way in aspiring youths in the Kic4Life Academy whom he has been working closely with since his move to the US.
“It is not only about me I think but also about inspiring those around me. I believe that this opportunity will mark an important milestone for me in working towards a bright future. I have always aspired to represent my country on the international stage and inspire youths especially Kick4Life Academy student-athletes whom I’ve worked closely with the past two years.
“I know it will not be easy breaking into the team as they already have proven strikers but I am determined to work hard to fight for my place if I manage to make it into the final squad,” Lesoetsa said.