Nov. 8, 2022


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Foreign-based players free to practice with Likuena

Foreign-based players free to practice with Likuena

Likuena head coach, Veselin Jelusic

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    Most leagues will be on break during FIFA World Cup
    LeFA organises warm-up matches for Likuena

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LOCAL players plying their trade outside the borders of Lesotho have been given the leeway to practice with Likuena players during the 2022 Qatar Soccer World Cup break.

This year’s edition of the world’s greatest sports event kicks off on November 20 – December 18.

Likuena head coach, Veselin Jelusic has given foreign-based players such as Katleho Makateng, Motebang Sera, and Tumelo Makha permission to return home in order to practice with their locally-based counterparts during the month-long FIFA break to maintain their physical fitness.  

Lesotho Football Association (LeFA) Media Officer, Mikia Kalati said this is owing to the fact that the DSTV League in South Africa will be on break.

“Locally based Likuena players practice three times a week, from Monday to Wednesday, therefore the foreign-based players are free to join them during this free time in order to maintain their fitness level during this period,” he said.
Kalati said in a bid to keep the national side busy during the same period, LeFA has approached a number of countries to organise warm-up matches for the squad.

Likuena, he said are preparing for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) group stage qualifiers and will visit Cote D'ivoire in March next year.

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The side, he further noted is yet to face Zambia in two encounters before entertaining Comoros at home ahead of the 2023 Ivory Coast AFCON finals.

Likuena have never qualified for any continental finals and have already lost one game, 0-2 against Comoros away, and drew 0-0 against Ivory Coast at home.
Group leaders and the best runners-up will book their places in the AFCON finals. - LeNA

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