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Likuena can win Cosafa Cup: Hlojeng

Mikia Kalati

MASERU — Former Likuena star, Tšepo Hlojeng, yesterday said Leslie Notši’s side have a great chance of rewriting the history books when they take on Kenya in a Cosafa tie in Zambia tomorrow. The Cosafa tournament roared into life in Lusaka, Zambia, yesterday. Likuena will however only be in action tomorrow when they clash with the Harambee Stars in their opening match of the regional tournament.

The Lesotho were initially supposed to take on the Harambee Stars but the match was postponed to tomorrow after the East African team arrived in Zambia late. “I think the team has a chance of overcoming their poor performance in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers and do well in the tournament,” Hlojeng said. Hlojeng was the captain of the Likuena side that reached the finals of the Cosafa Cup in 2000.

The retired lanky defender who captained the Likuena team that had the likes of Lehlohonolo Seema, Motlatsi Shale, Teele Ntšonyana, Tšeliso Thite, said the current squad does not get any closer to the quality in the team of 2000.
“We had a very good team of team on and off the pitch; we had a very experienced technical team in Monaheng Monyane and his assistant Bomber Matete while the likes of Seema, Shale and Thite were already playing in the South African premier league with Bloemfontein Celtic,” he said.

He said their side was blessed with a lot of players who had played at the highest stage and a lot of leadership within the team. The retired former Likuena skipper said the poor standard of the domestic league also plays a role in the poor performance of the national team. “Like I have said before our league has to be at a higher level before we can think of competing with some of the best countries on the continent,” said Hlojeng. “Kenya will not be a walk in the park and the team will have to sweat for a win to do well in the tournament,” he said.

“I feel there is a chance they can salvage national pride and do well, especially playing away from the home pressure that has been on the team in recent months,” said Hlojeng. He said there is hope that the team will do well provided they get things right technically and tactically. Likuena are in a group alongside regional rivals Botswana and Swaziland.

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