By Pascalinah Kabi
MASERU — Lesotho will play Malawi in a friendly international in Lilongwe next month.
The match will be part of celebrations to mark Malawi’s independence from British colonial rule on July 6.
However, Lesotho will be represented by the Under-20 national side with only three senior players likely to be included in the team.
The Lesotho Football Association (Lefa) in February disbanded the senior national team saying it was not good enough for international competition.
Lefa said it would develop a future Likuena side from the national Under-20 team.
Malawi last year snubbed Lesotho’s proposal for a friendly international saying Likuena were not good enough for The Flames.
Lefa technical director Seephephe Matete told the Sunday Express this week that Malawi had, however, invited Lesotho for their Independence Day celebrations.
“The Malawian national team has invited our senior national team for an international friendly on July 6,” Matete said.
“We’ve accepted their invitation and are leaving the country for Malawi on July 3.”
He said Lesotho will be represented by the Under-20 national team, with defenders Moitheri Ntopo and Thabo Masualle being the only senior players confirmed so far for the international friendly.
“We are going to use the Under-20 national team and two or three senior players to help show them the ropes,” Matete said.
“Two players already confirmed are Moitheri Ntopo and Thabo Masualle who have international experience.”
Meanwhile, Lesotho’s Under-17 and Under-20 national sides will leave for Swaziland next week for international friendly matches as part of their preparations for the Caf Youth Championships qualifiers against Cameroon and South Africa respectively.
Both teams have for the past two weeks been camping at Bambatha Tsita Sports Arena.
“The Under-17 and 20 national teams will leave for Swaziland on July 1 for two international friendly matches,” Matete said.
“The purpose of these friendly matches is to give our development teams enough encounters as they prepare for their official international matches against Cameroon and South Africa later this year.”