MASERU — Lesotho’s national Under-20 team has one foot in next year’s Caf Under-20 Championships after a wonderful 1-0 win over Kenya in Nairobi yesterday.
The win continued what is a quite stunning year for Makoanyane XI who are unbeaten away from home in their qualifiers.
Lesotho’s winner came just a few minutes into the game through in-form attacking midfielder Tsebang Lebata.
Lebata then had a goal disallowed in the second half while Kenya missed a penalty after the break.
Ahead of the game Makoanyane XI coach Leslie Notši stressed the importance of scoring a goal in Nairobi and now Lesotho have a precious away goal to build on when the sides meet in a month’s time for the return leg.
Speaking after yesterday’s match, Makoanyane XI team manager Khiba Mohoanyane said it had been a difficult game.
“The game was very, very tough and to make it worse we had a referee that was not on our side and was in favour of the home team,” Mohoanyane told the Sunday Express by telephone from Nairobi.
“We had a clear goal disallowed (and) they were awarded a dubious penalty.”
As a result, Mohoanyane said, they were not completely happy though he praised the players’ fighting spirit.
“We are satisfied although we would have liked to have done more,” Mohoanyane said.
“But the players fought hard in those difficult conditions.”
The two sides will meet again at Setsoto Stadium on October 24 with 90 minutes standing in Lesotho’s way of being one of the eight sides at the continental showpiece in Libya next March.
The job is by no means over yet for Makoanyane XI.
Lesotho faltered in their last home match in the qualifiers losing 2-1 to South Africa.