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Notši warns against complacency

Moorosi Tsiane

LIKUENA caretaker coach Leslie Notši has warned his charges against complacency when they take on Bafana Bafana in the return leg of their CHAN qualifier this afternoon at Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto.

Likuena go into the match with an upper hand after a 3-2 win over their neighbours on Sunday at Setsoto Stadium.

But Notši said his charges should not get carried away as there is still a lot of work to be done.

Notši recently told the Sunday Express that he anticipates that South Africa would try to score early to help them settle.

“The first leg win should not get in our boys heads; they need to be consistent in their performance on Sunday (today) because it is going to be a crucial match that requires the team to be disciplined,” Notši said.

“We will be playing one of those toughest encounters away and for the first 10 minutes, they are going to push for an early goal which can unsettle us. So, we need to work on our players’ mental strength.

“They will be playing away under pressure, so we need to be strong and absorb whatever they throw at us. We need to be sharp both defensively and offensively, so the boys need to be strong.

“We will be playing on natural turf and a much bigger stadium, so it’s going to be a lot of work.”

South Africa only needs to score one goal for no reply while Lesotho just needs a draw to advance to the next phase.

Notši however, said they would not sit back to defend but would attack albeit with caution to avoid conceding.

“We are not going to sit and wait for the opponents to attack us. We need to create chances because sometimes luck has to be created.”

Notši said there won’t be any major changes to the team that played last weekend.

“We will look at the team but, in some instances, changing the team might cause problems, so there might not be any major changes the team unless we are forced to,” Notši said.

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