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Makoanyane XI throw away lead

Pascalinah Kabi

 

Lesotho ………… (1)2

Namibia ………..  (0)2

 

MASERU — Makoanyane XI were yesterday held to a two-all draw by Namibia in their first match at the Metropolitan Cosafa Under 20-Championship in Botswana.

Yet Lesotho could have won the match had they not conceded a last-gasp equaliser that ensured a share of the spoils at Lobatse Stadium.

According to reports from Botswana, Makoanyane XI went to the break leading 1-0 thanks to Tsebang Lebata’s strike.

A few minutes into the second half, Litsepe Marabe scored to put Lesotho two goals up.

Namibia however came back into the game when they pulled one back 15 minutes from time.

And in the dying minutes, they struck again to share the spoils with Leslie Notsi’s side.

Makoanyane XI team manager Mohoanyane Khiba told Sunday Express from Botswana that they were disappointed by the result.

“Everybody is disappointed by the result of this match especially because Namibia’s goals came in the dying minutes of the game,” he said.

“We were leading and there were very high possibilities for us to win the match.”

Khiba blamed defensive mistakes for Namibia’s goals.

“The match was good and we were in control but the defenders made too many mistakes which allowed the opponents to score their two goals in the last 15 minutes,” he said.

Makoanyane XI will face South Africa, the other team in Group B, tomorrow in a must-win match.

Only the group winner will progress to the next round of the 13-team regional tournament.

“We are now under too much pressure that could have been avoided had the defenders been more careful in the last 15 minutes,” Khiba said.

“Monday’s game against South Africa is a must-win for us to be able to progress to the next stage of the tournament.”

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