TWO players were handed a first call-up as Likuena finalised their squad for a friendly against Togo on Wednesday and their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Soweto against the Comoros Islands at the weekend.
June 13, 2023
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Lesotho finalise squad for Johannesburg matches
Likuena's midfielder, Tumelo Makha
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Coach Veselin Jelusic named Mellere Lebetsa and Ngaka Lenka in the 26-man selection that will take on Togo in a friendly at Sturrock Park in Johannesburg on Wednesday and then play their Group H qualifier against Comoros at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday.
Midfielder Tumelo Makha returns to the squad as Lesotho go in search of their first victory in the Cup of Nations preliminaries.
They are at bottom of the log with a lone point from four games and eliminated from any chance of a first-ever qualification into the finals.
“We are preparing for the match against Comoros with the intention of playing a good game and getting a good result,” Jelusic said.
“We know that the game will be very tough because Comoros still have a chance to qualify for the next Afcon, depending on the result of the match between Zambia and Ivory Coast. In addition, all their players come from European clubs with a high level of quality and competitive experience. But we will fight to the end for the prestige of Lesotho football.”
There are two DStv Premiership players in the Likuena squad – Katleho Makateng from Richards Bay and Royal AM’s Motebang Sera.
South African-born Tshwarelo Bereng, now playing his club football in Eswatini, is also in the squad. The 32-year-old was formerly at Moroka Swallows, Chippa United and Black Leopards.
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Goalkeepers: Sekhoane Moerane (Lesotho Mounted Police Service), Mosoeu Seahlolo (Lesotho Correctional Services)
Defenders: Mellere Lebetsa (Linare), Lehlohonolo Lenka (Lesotho Correctional Services), Basia Makepe (Lesotho Mounted Police Service), Mohlomi Makhetha (Lesotho Correctional Services), Rethabile Mokokoane (Matlama), Rethabile Senkoto (Linare), Kopano Tseka (Lesotho Correctional Services)
Midfielders: Tshwarelo Bereng (Mbabane Swallows, Eswatini), Ngaka Lenka (Lesotho Correctional Services), Lisema Lebokollane (Linare), Thabo Mafatle (Bantu), Tumelo Makha (Lioli), Thabang Malane (Lesotho Correctional Services), Neo Mokhachane (Bantu), Koenehelo Mothala (Linare), Leluma Posholi (Bantu), Rethabile Rasethuntša, Tšepang Sefali (both Linare), Tšepo Toloane (Lesotho Defence Force)
Forwards: Katleho Makateng (Richards Bay, South Africa), Retšelisitsoe Mopeli (Lesotho Defence Force), Motebang Sera (Royal AM, South Africa), Jane Thabantšo (Matlama).
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