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Senong shifts focus to fresh blood

Likuena head coach Thabo Senong

April 2, 2021 2 min read

2 min read

LIKUENA coach Thabo Senong says he is shifting his attention to refreshing Likuena following a disappointing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations campaign, in which Lesotho finished at the bottom of Group L with three points from five matches.

Senong’s side finished the campaign without a victory, registering three draws and three defeats including Tuesday 3-0 loss to Nigeria in Lagos.

Likuena were also earlier eliminated from the World Cup qualifiers on an away goal rule by Ethiopia.

However, Senong is optimistic that the team has made good progress under his mentorship having handed four players their debuts against Benin last Saturday and two against Nigeria on Tuesday.

“I’m obviously disappointed with the results but encouraged with the performance of the players. It was always going to be tough against Nigeria,” the Likuena coach told the media.

“Their individual quality was effective on the day. We did everything to play in a structure to function as a unit defensively and offensively. We missed a few key players and you could see obviously that lack of match fitness was a factor throughout the qualifiers.”

Senong believes there are a lot of positives to take forward and is adamant Likuena will rise to the occasion heading into their next assignments such as the COSAFA Cup that will be staged in South Africa between June and July.

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“We have some positives from this FIFA break especially from the match with Sierra Leone and Nigeria. We gave all in all six new caps to young players. Four were introduced against Sierra Leone and two against Nigeria,” added the Likuena mentor.

“For me the future looks good. I think we have built a good group to play at the COSAFA Cup and a very good group that can play in the CAF Afcon qualifiers.

“I have learnt a lot as a coach to understand the mentality of these players and we have learnt a lot from our group, when we played against tough teams like Sierra Leone, Benin and Nigeria. I’m really grateful that we worked hard with the entire technical team and management of LeFA to build a decent team that can compete throughout the qualifiers and can take a lot of positives,” he said.


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