Mikia Kalati MASERU — Lesotho national team coach Leslie Notši has announced a
25-man squad to take part in the upcoming Four Nations tournament scheduled for Molepolele, Botswana, on July 16 and 17.
The invitation for the four-team tourney from the Botswana Football Association comes after the cancellation of this year’s Cosafa Senior Challenge tournament.
Likuena had been hoping to use the Cosafa tournament to put together a strong squad for next year’s 2014 World Cup qualifying matches.
This year’s Cosafa Senior Challenge Cup had been scheduled for Malawi next month, but it was postponed indefinitely after the regional body under the leadership of Seychelles football association’s Suketu Patel struggled to find corporate backing to sustain the competition.
The regional tournament has been off the radar largely because of lack of sponsorship. The tournament includes hosts Botswana, Lesotho and Zimbabwe while a fourth nation is yet to be confirmed. Notši has emphasised the importance of scoring by adding three more strikers into the team.
Former Under-20 striker Tsebang Lebata joins the new faces of University of KwaZulu Natal striker Teboho Hlao and Lerotholi Polytechnic Teboho Mota.
Dlomo Monaphathi, Thapelo Tale and Lehlomela Ramabele have in the past two years been the key men in the Likuena striking force, but Notši is adamant the new strikers will improve his side’s scoring woes.
Notši has also called the trio of midfielder maestro Pali Tšalong, defenders Jeremiah Kamele and Basia Makepe who missed the Ghana and Sudan matches last month due to school commitments.
Lioli duo of midfielder Bushy Moletsane and defender Thabo Masualle are the only players dropped from the squad.
“We are optimistic of getting good results in the tournament and our objectives are clear that despite the matches being friendly games, we have to be serious and do well,” Notši said.
The former Matlama and Lioli mentor said he is hopeful his strikers will find their scoring boots and turn around their scoring woes.
The Lesotho team will leave the country on Saturday.