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LeFA undecided on new Likuena coach

Likuena are preparing for the forth coming 2022 FIFA World Cup preliminaries against Ethiopia

Aug. 8, 2019 2 min read

MASERU - The Lesotho Football Association (LeFA) is caught between a rock and a hard place over the appointment of a new coach to lead Likuena after the caretaker coach, Leslie Notsi’s brief stint ended last Sunday.

In his parting shot, Notsi kicked South Africa's Bafana Bafana out of the 2020 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) finals to be hosted by Ethiopia with two consecutive victories  - 3-2 at home and 3-0 away in Johannesburg. LeFA communications officer Mikia Kalati said the body’s national executive committee was yet to meet this week to decide who the next head coach would be. 

Likuena are preparing for the forth coming 2022 FIFA World Cup preliminaries against Ethiopia. The first leg will be played at Setsoto Stadium on September 8 with the return leg a week later in Ethiopia.Kalati said Notsi's impressive wins over South Africa and the fact that he had a fulltime job as LeFA technical director would complicate matters. 

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He however, preferred not to speculate but opted to wait for the NEC to make its own decision. On a different note, Kalati said Likuena’s new playing kit was likely to be launched in the next two weeks. “There is a likelihood that the team would be wearing the new kit during the World Cup preliminary round qualifier against Ethiopia on September 8 at the Setsoto Stadium,” he also said.

He noted that this year, Likuena would have the busiest calendar because despite having already played at the regional Council of Southern Africa Football Association (COSAFA) Cup where they lost 2-1 against Botswana in the semi-finals, they would also play in the World Cup and CHAN qualifiers.

He said rotating the players would relief them as some would not be featured in the CHAN qualifiers. The CHAN competition only features players in the region’s domestic leagues while those plying their trade on foreign lands are considered for the World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers.Matlama players will bear the bulk of the busy calendar as  most of them have the national squad duty and the club’s international commitments as well as the domestic league fixtures to deal with at the same time. 


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