LIPHAKOE wing back Thabo Matšoele and Lioli goal minder Ntsane Molise have been called up to the recently announced Likuena squad to prepare for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers against Sierra Leone and Nigeria next month.
Lesotho is in Group L alongside Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Benin in the qualifiers of the biennial competition set for Cameroon in 2021.
Likuena coach Thabo Senong told the Sunday Express in a recent interview that he has called the duo to strengthen his squad as they will play tough teams.
Senong’s charges will begin their campaign against Sierra Leone on 13 November 2019 in Freetown before they take on Nigeria four days later at Setsoto Stadium.
“We are obviously trying to strengthen our squad and we have called both Ntsane and Matšoele because we saw it fit,” Senong said.
“They have both been consistent in their domestic teams and we want to reward them for that.
“Ntsane has a good possessional play and is tall; we are looking to increase our pool of goalkeepers. Matšoele has been wonderful for Liphakoe. He is also good technically; he is versatile and will add a good value to our side.”
Senong said they would concentrate on their goal scoring in the preparations adding that the addition of their foreign based players would help in that regard.
“We have brought in the majority of our international players and we rely mostly on the quality of players like (Motebang) Sera, (Nkoto) Masoabi, (Tswarelo) Bereng and (Tumelo) Khutlang. We will be working hard on our final third as we have been struggling to score.
“We need to relieve our strikers from pressure of goal scoring. Scoring is the responsibility of our attacking players hence the midfielders must also start scoring. We must encourage other players from other departments to score.
“We also have (Motlomelo) Mkhwanazi whom I believe will give us balance in defence although he has lately been playing as a holding midfielder for his team (TTM).”
Senong said they know Sierra Leone’s quality and would not undermine them.
“They (Sierra Leone) are a good team with good players who ply their trade in competitive European leagues, so it is not going to be an easy match. They are very physical but our advantage is that they are slower,” Senong said.
He also said that they have released Tšepo Seturumane and Likano Mphuthi due to injuries but said the door would remain open for all players who perform well in their respective team.