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Likuena in do-or-die clash with Sudan

Mikia Kalati MASERU — Likuena head coach, Leslie Notsi, on Friday said nothing short of a victory will do for Lesotho when they take on Sudan in

a World Cup qualifier at Setsoto Stadium this afternoon. The former Matlama coach told the Sunday Express that Likuena must win today’s encounter

if they are to remain in contention for a World Cup place. “It is our second game after that loss to Ghana in the opening match and we have to win it at all cost,” Notsi said.

“Our preparations went well since we returned from the West African country. “I am also glad with what I saw in the trio of Bokang Mothoana, Lehlomela Ramabele and Motlalepula Mofolo who missed the match in Kumasi.” Mofolo has been thrown a lifeline after he was kicked out of the team hours before the trip to the West African country last week.

The duo of Mothoana and Ramabele missed the match due to suspension and family commitments
respectively. According to the Lesotho football association, the lanky Lioli midfielder has apologised for his actions that
led to him being dropped from the team and has been given a chance to put his international career back on track.

Injured striker Dlomo Monaphathi and suspended Tšoanelo Koetle will miss the match.

Meanwhile, captain Moitheri Ntobo has issued a rallying call to his teammates to beat Sudan and get their campaign back on track.

“We have to make home advantage work for us today, this match is very important to us as players and as a team,” Ntobo said.

“I had a very successful season with LCS winning the league title and I hope to transform that winning mentality into the national team.”

The Likuena captain said he is aware the odds are against them after Sudan registered a convincing 2-0 win over African champions Zambia last Saturday.

The hard tackling defender said he is confident they will get a win.

“We know that another loss could end our quest to qualify for our first ever World Cup finals and that means we have to go all out to keep the dream alive,” said the skipper.

Ntobo also pleaded with the nation to rally behind the team and come in numbers at Setsoto stadium.

A win over Sudan could see the players pocketing an estimated
M80 000 from gate takings. Lefa on Tuesday announced that all the gate takings level off from this afternoon’s match will be shared among

the players who will be on duty for the country in the do-or-die clash against the Sudanese

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