By Nthako Majoro
MASERU-South African television channel SuperSport will provide live coverage for Sunday’s World Cup qualifier between Lesotho and Zambia scheduled for the Setsoto Stadium, the broadcaster has announced.
This development means the blood-and-thunder match would be beamed around the world, offering players a glorious opportunity to market themselves globally and land lucrative contracts with foreign clubs.
Coach Leslie Notši has named two South Africa-based players in his squad—winger Katleho Moleko of Cape Town’s FC Atletico and Tšepo Lekhoana who has just signed for Maluti FET College—whose clubs participate in the second division. Another foreign-based player is midfielder Bokang Mothoana, who plies his trade in Tunisia’s Premier League with US Monastair. But there are no Matlama players in the side because of the team’s suspension by the Lesotho Football Association (LeFA). The popular giants had their league matches suspended last month after flouting regulations governing LeFA’s sponsorship deal with Vodacom Lesotho.
But while Lesotho go into the match without Matlama players and engaging in any international friendlies, Notši is however, confident of a result against the Zambians.
“Despite not having played international friendly matches, the camps we had in the districts have worked wonders for the boys, both physically and mentally. We were able to train where there was no distraction for the players. We were able to concentrate on football only, and nothing else,” Notši on Wednesday told Public Eye.
Notši further said his charges were ready to face the former African champions come Sunday, insisting the game-plan would be to attack the visitors from word go.
“We are ready for the match. We have known about the kind of challenge Zambia would present all along, and the time has now arrived. So what we should do is to stand up and be counted.”
He continued: “We will be playing attacking football from the start, pushing for an early strike, while also making sure we don’t concede an early goal.
“One thing for sure, the first 15 minutes will be crucial because they too will want an early goal. We also have to be aware that they are taking this game very seriously because if they win, it enhances their chances of qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals to be held in Brazil.”
Lesotho have a single point from their first two Group matches, in which they were beaten 7-0 by Ghana away in Kumasi, and drew 0-0 at home versus Sudan. Both matches took place in June last year.
Meanwhile, the Zambians arrive in Maseru today and have been camped in Johannesburg since Monday this week.
Goalkeepers: Mohau Kuenane, Liteboho Mokhehle (both Lioli), Kholuoe Phasumane (LCS)
Defenders: Jerry Kamele (Joy), Tšoanelo Koetle (Lioli), Tlali Maile (Bantu), Thabo Masualle (Lioli), Janefeke Molibeli (Lesotho Defence Force), Moitheri Ntobo (LCS), Basia Makepe (Joy)
Midfielders: Litšepe Marabe, Thabiso Mohapi (both Bantu), Ralekoti Mokhahlane (LCS), Katleho Moleko (FC Atletico, South Africa), Bokang Mothoana (US Monastir, Tunisia), Mabuti Potloane (Linare), Thulo Ranchobe (LCS).
Strikers: Mojela Letsie (LDF), Lehlomela Ramabele (Likhopo), Thapelo Tale, Tšepo Lekhoana (Maluti FET College, South Africa).
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