Lesotho’s senior soccer squad Likuena is currently hard at training in preparation for the forth coming Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers with only local based players minus the foreign based players who were unable to come home due to various factors such as clubs contracts obligation and movement restrictions caused by the COVID-19.
Speaking in an interview on Tuesday, Lesotho Football Association (LeFA) Media Officer, Mr. Mikia Kalati said only the Likuena local based players are currently hard at training under the watchful eye of coach Mr. Thabo Senong.
He said the likes of striker Motebang Sera currently with Free State based Bloemfontein Celtic, together with Limpopo province based outfit Black Leopards’ mid fielder Tumelo Khutlang as well as Ts’oarelo Bereng and Nkoto Masoabi who is reported to be busy seeking a move to South Africa’s lucrative league.
‘These players have not been able to join the rest of the players at training due to various reasons such as contracts obligations with their clubs now that the 2019/20 season has just ended as well as the movement restrictions in which borders are not fully operational as usual, besides under certain strict conditions,” he highlighted.
When asked if Likuena will play any warm up international matches during the coming FIFA break, he said negotiations are currently under way for the boys from the mountain kingdom to play one or two such games, adding that when everything is sorted, announcements will be disclosed.
Likuena will face Benin in a back to back Africa Cup of Nations on away and home basis in November.
Head coach Mr. Senong announced the provisional 29 man squad last month.
Meanwhile, LeFA is currently continuing with its pursuit to return to active football by October 30 this year, following suspension of sporting activities earlier this year due to the deadly coronavirus scourge.
Today (Tuesday), 30 persons LeFA National Compliance committee are attending a full day’s training on COVID-19 risk management at the LeFA headquarters.
The following day, (Wednesday) will see about 50 club compliance officers will be trained at the National COVID-19 Secretariat (NACOSEC) offices. The 50 are from the elite league teams (16 Premier League Clubs, 20 A Division clubs, 10 Women Super League clubs and four league management Officers).