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Mehalalitoe in tough COSAFA group

Moorosi Tsiane

LESOTHO’S SENIOR women’s national team has been drawn against big guns in this year’s edition of the COSAFA Cup scheduled for Port Elizabeth South Africa from 12 to 22 September 2018.

Mehalalitoe, as the team is affectionately known, are in Group C and are up against Zambia, Mozambique and Cameroon.

The Monaheng Montšo coached outfit start its campaign against Zambia on the 13th of September before playing Mozambique two days later. They wrap up their group stages with a stern test against the tournament’s guest country, Cameroon on the 18th.

Montšo admitted to the Sunday Express on Thursday that his side is indeed in a tough group but said they would fight.

“This is a tough group but this is football and anything can happen so we will just have to double our efforts,” Montšo said.

“All the three teams in our group are not push overs and we also have to ensure that we go there to compete and leave a mark.”

Mehalalitoe were in Botswana last weekend where they were beaten twice by the hosts first 5-0 and 2-0 in the last match.

Montšo the losses were a lesson for his charges and he returned from Botswana satisfied because he had experimented and noted issues that he wanted to fix.

“The results were not very important in the two matches although it is never good to lose. However, I managed to identify areas which we need to improve in before heading to the COSAFA tournament.”

“We had serious problems in our goalkeeping department and we also need to work on our finishing and most importantly our physical fitness. We have since started attending to those weaknesses and I am hopeful that by the time we travel to Port Elizabeth we will be in good shape.

“Before going to Botswana we also played two friendlies against Semunye Ladies and Comm Tech who we beat 3-0 and 5-1 respectively. This shows that we can still score goals and we just need to push harder and work on our tactical discipline,” he said.

Montšo said they also had fitness issues as most Women Super League teams have not yet started their preparations for the new season so their players have been idle.

Winners of each group and the runners up will march into the semifinals which will be played on the 20th while the final will be played two days later.

 

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