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Lioli to play second-string Bafana Bafana

Teboho Molapo


MASERU — Lioli will play Bafana Bafana’s B-side tomorrow afternoon at the Central Prison.

The match was confirmed by the Lesotho Football Association (Lefa), who organised the match, on Friday.

Lioli president Lebohang Thotanyana described the fixture as a “defining moment” for the Teyateyaneng giants who finished second in the just-ended Vodacom Premier League.

“Bafana Bafana will be in the country and they will be playing Lioli,” Thotanyana told the Sunday Express on Friday.

“Lefa came to us and proposed the match.”

The make-up of the South African team is not yet known but it is likely to be similar to the one which played a Lesotho development side in two friendly matches in February.

The team was made up mostly of fringe players drawn for the locally based players in South Africa’s premiership.

It is the side which is representing South Africa in the 2011 African Nations Championship (Chan) qualifiers.

“It is one of those defining moments when we get to play the national team of the country which is hosting the World Cup,” Thotanyana said.

Thotanyana said the ticket arrangements were yet to be finalised but urged Lioli supporters to come out in their numbers. The match, meanwhile, might also see the return of former Lioli star Bushy Moletsane who is back in Lesotho after his one-year loan spell with Botswana Premier League side Ts’epong Santos ended this month.

Moletsane was a key player when Lioli won the 2008/09 league title, the club’s first championship in 24 years.

Thotanyana said there were already offers from teams in Botswana to sign the Lesotho international after he helped Ts’epong Santos finish second in the Botswana league.

“We have several offers from sides who want to sign him after his fine performances,” he said.

Tomorrow’s game will also no doubt be a bittersweet occasion for Tse Nala who won’t be participating in continental club competitions next year after failing to retain their Premier League title, finishing second to Matlama.

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