LIKUENA head coach, Veselin Jelusic says they expect stiff competition from Zambia’s Chipolopolo when they meet in the back-to-back 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers set for March.
Jan. 23, 2023
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Jelusic gears for Zambia clash
Likuena head coach, Veselin Jelusic
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“We expect two very difficult and demanding games against the Zambian national team, considering the quality and international experience of the players who play for their national team. Of course, Zambia are the absolute favourites, but we will do our best and represent Lesotho with dignity,” he said.
Jelusic added: “I have the deepest respect for Zambian football because of the results that Zambia achieved in the past and the talent of the Zambian players that I have personally seen.
“On the other hand, Zambia are the winner of the last COSAFA competition, which means that even without the excellent internationals playing in Europe and other countries, they are currently the best team in the region.
“That speaks volumes about the strength and potential of Zambia football.”
Likuena returned to training last week Monday with a provisional squad of 26 local-based players in preparation for the Zambian meeting.
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After opening up the group H AFCON qualifiers against Comoros islands with a back foot where they lost 0-2 away, Likuena regrouped and managed to hold AFCON final hosts Cote d'Ivoire to a goalless draw in Dobsonville, Johannesburg South Africa for a home game
The national team is unable to play its home matches at Setsoto Stadium as the facility has been suspended from hosting international matches by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for failure to meet set international standards. - LeNA