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Foreign based players yet to report for Likuena camp

Bloemfontein Celtic's Motebang Sera

Oct. 20, 2020 2 min read

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TWO weeks already in camp, Likuena’s foreign-based players are yet to join their teammates for the training camp ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2020 qualifiers in a back to back crucial match against Benin next month.

Likuena started training a fortnight ago under the watchful eye of South Africa born Coach Thabo Senong who is being assisted by Mpitsa 'Fish' Marai.
Lesotho Football Association (LeFA)’s Media Officer Mikia Kalati said the foreign based players including Tumelo 'Makhopo' Khutlang with Black Leopards, Motebang 'Nyepetsi' Sera with Bloemfontein Celtic as well as Tšoarelo Bereng and Nkoto Masoabi who are both trying to secure new deals with other clubs are yet to report for the training camp.
Kalati said the reason is that the locally based players who due to the suspension of the sporting activities following the emergence of the COVID-19, have not been active and are a bit rusty and therefore needed some time to get back to the fitness level required.
He said the foreign based players will only join the rest of the players at a later stage to prepare for the much awaited Benin clash away on November 9 before hosting the same team at home on November 17.

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He said it is a normal practice for the national teams to first start training using only local based players and for those plying their trade outside the country to be released by their respective clubs just a few weeks prior to the international match.
Nyepetsi was in action last weekend when Bloemfontein Celtic thumped Mamelodi Sundowns 1-0 to advance to the MTN 8 Wafa Wafa semi-final where they will meet defending champions Supersport United on October 31.
Likuena last played a competitive match and went down 4-2 to Nigeria's Super Eagles at Setsoto stadium almost a year ago after holding Sierra Leone to a 1-1 draw away in the opening match of the AFCON qualifiers.

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