Foreign based players start camp

The Lesotho national soccer squad Likuena foreign based players: Tumelo ‘Makhopo’ Khutlang, Tsoarelo Bereng, Luciano Matsoso, all plying their soccer trade in South Africa as well as the United States (US) based Lesia Thetsane will also be ready to resume a week long training camp on Monday.

Makhopo, Bereng and Matsoso helped their South African side Black Leopards to retain its premiership status in the last match of the ABSA Premier league match played last weekend while Masoabi is playing for the National First Division side Real Kings with Thetsane based in US.

Speaking in an interview on Friday, Likuena head coach Moses Maliehe said while Makhopo, Masoabi and Thetsane are already in the country, Matsoso and Bereng will only arrive in the country on Sunday, just a day before the training camp starts.

The coach said the quartet is injury free and will be ready to start training after playing their final matches of the season last weekend.

Maliehe said he will be keeping his close eyes this weekend on some of the players who will raise their hands to be part of the Likuena side saying no player is guaranteed place in the national team but they are being selected on merit.

He said even those who have already been announced as part of the Likuena, could be dropped if they do not pull up their socks to show that they deserve to wear the national flag.

The Likuena coach said from Monday until Friday the players will be going to the training from their home but will only resume a full training camp next week before departing to Durban, South Africa to face Uganda at the COSAFA Cup at the quarterfinals.

However, Maliehe said Likuena will not be able to play any international friendly matches ahead of the COSAFA Cup due to many factors like other countries commitments for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals to be played in June and July this year in Egypt.

The East African nation is an invited guest at the regional COSAFA Cup tournament and is one of many countries which will use the tournament as part of preparations for the AFCON finals.

Other AFCON finalists nations which will be taking part at the COSAFA are Namibia, Zimbabwe and the host nation South Africa.

COSAFA Cup is an annual soccer tournament contested by all the countries from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states.

Likuena managed to reach the COSAFA Semifinals in the previous edition held in Limpopo province South Africa but were denied by Zimbabwe to reach the finals.

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