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May 18, 2018

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Mehalalitoe to face Eastern Cape Thunder Birds

Mehalalitoe to face Eastern Cape Thunder Birds

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Maseru – The Lesotho ladies senior soccer side, Mehalalitoe, will face Eastern Cape Thunder Birds ladies soccer side in an international friendly game to be played in Butterworth, Eastern Cape, South Africa on Sunday.

The Team Manager, Mr. Lekhooa Thabaneng said the friendly against Eastern Cape Thunder Birds will form part of the two international friendly games Mehalalitoe will play as part of preparations for the African Women's Championship (AWF) qualifiers. He said Thunder Birds are the reigning Eastern Cape league champions and will give Mehalalitoe the kind of training they need ahead of the Banyana Banyana game to be played at Setsoto stadium on June 6.

Mr. Thabaneng said, next Wednesday, Mehalalitoe will play Bloemfontein Celtic Ladies to complete the friendlies. “The intention is to give the team enough practice games, to avoid the players getting injuries prior to the crucial game against Banyana,” he said.

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He pointed out that US-based player, Senate Letsie, arrived in the country on Monday and was given a day’s rest before joining the rest of the squad in camp on Wednesday. Mr. Thabaneng said another foreign based player, Ntšabeng Teleha, who joined a Mpumalanga side, is also set to join the team in camp while captain and Celtic player Boitumelo Rabale started the camp with the rest of the team.

The Team Manager said Mehalalitoe and Banyana AWC return leg is scheduled for Bloemfontein on June 10 to decide which team will qualifies for the AWC finals in Ghana later this year. Mehalalitoe reached this stage after eliminating eSwatini (Swaziland) women's soccer side with a 2-1 aggregate upon winning the first leg 1-0 at home, before completing the mission away at Somhlolo Stadium, in Mbabane. Lena

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