MASERU — Likuena coach Leslie Notši says his charges are determined to put behind their disappointing 7-0 loss to Ghana last month when they do duty in the Tri-Nations Tournament that begins in Molepolele in Botswana tomorrow.
The Botswana Football Association had initially planned a four team tournament, but Lefa acting CEO Mokhosi Mohapi on Friday confirmed to the Sunday Express that only hosts Botswana, Lesotho and Zimbabwe have confirmed their availability at the tournament.
Hosts, the Zebras, will open the three day tourney against the Warriors of Zimbabwe at the Molepolele Sports complex on Monday before Likuena take on Zimbabwe the following day.
“I think we are ready to do the country proud against our regional rivals, we played a few friendly matches against local teams as part of our preparations and I’m happy with what I have seen,” said the former Lioli and Matlama coach.
The Likuena mentor said he is happy with the progress of new additions in the team in the likes of Bantu holding midfielder Thabiso Mohapi, Liphakoe striker Tsebang Lebata and Joy FC duo of Jeremiah Kamele and Basia Makepe.
A lot will also be expected from Linare’s exciting midfielder and new striker Tšepo Lekhoana.
Notši said the team will be without versatile star midfielder Bokang Mothoana who is undergoing trials in Switzerland with FC Zurich and new member of the squad Teboho Mota.
Meanwhile, Premier League 2011-12 top goal scorer with nine goals and Matlama playmaker, Pali Tšalong, told this paper that he is excited to be part of the national team set up for the Botswana tournament.
“Djemba Djemba,” as the playmaker is affectionately known, missed last month’s World Cup qualifiers against Ghana and Sudan due to school commitments.
The hard working midfield maestro has promised to add value to the team and help restore the national team’s lost pride.
“It is always an honour for every player to represent the national team at any level and I hope to do well for Likuena like I have been doing for Matlama,” Tšalong said.
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