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Likuena draw Comoros in World Cup qualifier


Likuena  striker Thabiso Brown,centre, have extended his stay with last season Premier League rookies Kick4Life for another season loan deal (1)Moorosi Tsiane

Lesotho were yesterday drawn against the Comoros Island  in the two-legged 2018 World Cup Round One qualifier scheduled for the weekends of 3-4 and 10-11 October this year.

The winner of fixture faces Ghana in Round Two to be held a month later.

Likuena start their campaign at home before they travel to the Island nation the following week.

National team interim coach Seephephe Matete told the Sunday Express last night that the draw was fair and expected his charges to proceed to the second round of the qualifiers. Matete, however, warned the nation against expecting easy passage against the islanders.

“We have been drawn against Comoros and people will think it will be easy but believe me, the Comoros are no pushovers. A fortnight ago, they held Zimbabwe to a goalless draw at home (after losing 2-0 in Harare in the 2016 African Nations Championship qualifier) but like any other team, we will prepare our team for this war,” Matete said.

“The last time they were here, it was in the 2013 COSAFA under-20 tournament and we were left with egg on our face as our boys failed to beat them yet we were playing at home, before our own fans. They had good players in that team who have obviously been promoted to the senior team so it is not going to be a walk-in-the-park as some might believe.”

Full Round One Draw

Somalia v Niger, South Sudan v Mauritania, Gambia v Namibia, Sao Tome e Principe v Ethiopia, Chad v Sierra Leone, Comoros v Lesotho, Dijibouti v Swaziland, Eritrea v Botswana, Seychelles v Burundi, Liberia v Guinea-Bissau, Central African Republic v Madagascar, Mauritius v Kenya, Tanzania v Malawi.  

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