LDF Ladies’ new head coach, Lengana Nkhethoa is confident about his charges’ physical fitness and preparedness to compete in the inaugural Confederation of African Football (CAF) Women’s Champions League I COSAFA qualifiers set for Durban, KwaZulu-Natal from August 26 - September 4.
Aug. 20, 2021
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“All the players are in good shape and the good thing is that all the technical team and players tested negative of COVID-19 but we are yet to test again on Saturday prior to leaving for Durban. The spirit in our camp is high as everyone is eager to make history in the regional tournament,” Nkhethoa told Metro on Wednesday.
Since they went down 2-1 to Kick4Life Ladies in the “Dare to Dream Championship” final on July 10, they have not had a chance to play any friendly matches due to the prevailing national lockdown.
The lockdown resulted in the suspension of contact sports activities including football.
Nkhethoa was, however, quick to note that they played a friendly game with the men national Under-17 squad which helped them develop certain areas prior to the competition.
“I can confirm that my players are fit in all aspects and are looking forward to this historic moment in their careers,” he said.
The Lesotho Football Association (LeFA) on Tuesday announced that the army side reported for camp at the Bambatha Tšita Sports Arena on Monday.
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“Lesotho's representatives at the upcoming CAF Women's Champions League/ COSAFA qualifiers, LDF Ladies on Monday reported for a week-long camp at Bambatha Tšita Sports Arena as they fine tune their preparations for the regional qualifiers to be staged in Durban from August 26 to September 4.
“All the players and technical team tested negative for COVID-19 on Monday. The team will remain in a bio-bubble camp until they depart for Durban. LDF will kick-start their campaign against South Africa's Mamelodi Sundowns in Group A that also has Double Action Ladies from Botswana and Eswatini's Manzini Wanderers,” LeFA statement reads.
According to COSAFA, the winners of this first ever regional club competition for women in southern Africa will not only have their names forever imprinted in women football history, but will also book a ticket to the continental finals scheduled for Egypt later this year.