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Coach rallies Mehalalitoe after heavy defeat

Mehalalitoe coach Lehloenya Nkhasi

Nov. 6, 2020 2 min read

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MEHALALITOE coach Lehloenya Nkhasi has called on his charges to regroup after suffering a humiliating 8-0 defeat at the hands of Zambia in their opening match of the COSAFA Women’s Championship in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.

Lesotho will take on Malawi in their second and final game on Saturday and Nkhasi is expecting a different ball game compared to what they experienced against Zambia.

The Mehalalitoe coach said his team is still a work in progress and the experience gained playing at the tournament will help them improve.

 “We took a lot of positives from that game against Zambia despite it being a heavy defeat to us. I mean, we had to lift the players up going into the next game against Malawi,” Nkhasi told journalists.

“Obviously, Zambia is a big team and we cannot really compare ourselves against them, but we tried to compete especially in the first half, but I think in the second half we lost our structure.

“Against Malawi, we are expecting an open game. I think they are very good on the break; we have studied them and hopefully my players will come to the party. Maybe they are not as strong as Zambia,” he said.

Nkhasi noted that they will use the COSAFA Championship as a learning curve to improve following a long layoff due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“For us, we are still in a learning curve so to say. We will take it one game at a time, but we are looking for improvement from our previous game,” said the Mehalalitoe mentor.

He added: “We have to lift the girls up and try to forget about the game against Zambia. Our focus is now on Malawi for Saturday like I said, as fresh as they will be because it will be their first game at the tournament.

“We will see how it goes, but we will be ready for them. We are taking it one game at a time. We want to go as further as we can in this tournament.”






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