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Likuena gear up for AFCON qualifiers

Likuena players in a previous national duty encounter

Oct. 7, 2020 2 min read

LIKUENA players who are locally based are hard at training in preparation for the forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers against Benin in a back to back tie in November.

The squad is without all foreign-based players who were unable to come home due to various factors such as clubs’ contracts obligation and travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the Lesotho Football Association (LeFA) Media Officer Mikia Kalati, all is proceeding quite well under the watchful eye of Coach Thabo Senong.
He said the likes of striker Motebang Sera currently with Free State-based Bloemfontein Celtic, together with Limpopo province based outfit Black Leopards' mid fielder Tumelo Khutlang as well as Tšoarelo Bereng and Nkoto Masoabi who is reported to be busy seeking a move to South Africa's lucrative league are expected to join the squad in due time.
“These players have not been able to join the rest of the squad at training due to various reasons such as contracts obligations with their clubs now that the 2019/20 season has just ended as well as the movement restrictions in which borders are not fully operational as usual, except under certain strict conditions,'' Kalati said.
Commenting on plans for warm-up international matches during the coming FIFA break, he said negotiations are currently under way for the charges to play one or two such games, adding that when everything is sorted, announcements will be made.
The head coach announced the provisional 29-man squad last month.
Meanwhile, LeFA is currently continuing with its plans to return to active football by October 30, following the suspension of sporting activities earlier this year due to the deadly coronavirus outbreak.


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Likuena head coach Thabo Senong

On Tuesday, a team of 30 people from the LeFA National Compliance Committee attended a one-day training on COVID-19 risk management at the LeFA headquarters.
On Wednesday a total of about 50 club compliance officers will undergo the same training at the National COVID-19 Secretariat (NACOSEC) offices.

The 50 participants were drawn from elite local league teams including 16 Premier League clubs, 20 A Division teams, 10 Women Super League sides and four league management Officers.


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