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Senong hopeful his charges will regain fitness

Likuena head coach Thabo Senong

Feb. 27, 2021 3 min read

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LIKUENA head coach Thabo Senong is hopeful that the home based players will soon get back to full fitness with rigorous training in preparation for the forthcoming 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Group L qualifiers against the Lone Stars of Sierra Leone at Setsoto stadium next month.

He said the team has only been training for the past eight days but the players are already showing signs of rapidly gaining full fitness.

The charges, he said also show hunger and determination after being inactive for quite some time due to the lockdown aimed at combating the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The coach said luckily there are no injuries or any absentees in the camp, commending the players for showing great potential and progress.

“The atmosphere among the players is electrifying as they are all raring to go even though they are still lagging behind in terms of fitness, but I believe time is still on our side to get ready in the next coming weeks,” he said.
The foreign based players, he said will join the rest of the team in training during the FIFA week in mid-March, adding that he is able to follow some of them, especially those based in South Africa.

He however, showed that others including Lesia Thetsane and Thabiso Brown who are based abroad only need direct communication to follow them.

He said also cannot follow Nkoto Masoabi who recently joined a Libyan side because the league he plays in is not broadcast live on DSTV.
Senong said the match against Sierra Leone will be different from their first meeting because a lot has happened to them, adding that the team has among others changed its head coach and some of the key players.

''The Lone Stars could spring a surprise if we are not cautious as they are new look team and we have about 50 percent information about them,'' he noted.

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The Lone Stars, he said have twice drawn with the might Super Eagles of Nigeria, adding that in one of the two matches, Sierra Leone were trailing behind Super Eagles by 4-0 but they made a remarkable come back and forced a 4-4 dramatic draw at regulation time.
Likuena under the South African-born coach are still winless in this competition after opening the Group L away with a 1-1 draw against the Lone Stars before being hammered 4-2 at home by the Super Eagles.

They later lost 1-0 to Benin away before holding them to a goalless draw in the return leg.
The Super Eagles will be their next opponents away at the end of March.

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