Likuena exit with a bang

HARARE — Midfielder Bokang Mothoana scored a minute from time as Lesotho beat 10-man Mauritius 1-0 in the Zimbabwe capital yesterday, although the result was not good enough to see them stay in the Cosafa Senior Challenge tournament.
Likuena needed to beat Mauritius by a four-goal margin to pip hosts Zimbabwe for a place in the quarter-finals.
Lesotho and Zimbabwe drew 2-2 on Monday after the Warriors had opened their account with a 3-0 thumping of Mauritius.
Bokang found the back of the net from a free-kick inside the box, squeezing past a congested rearguard after substitute Katleho Moleko had been fouled.
The small band of Zimbabwean supporters inside Rufaro Stadium cheered all Mauritanian moves and booed Likuena.
Lesotho got off to a flying start, pinning the Mauritanians down in their own half.
Mauritius’ Louis Stephane Badul was lucky not to be sent off after elbowing Mokhethi  Matšora in an off the ball incident.
He was cautioned.
Lesotho got the first clear chance of the game when Bushy Moletsane came face-to-face with Mauritian goalkeeper Aboo Bakar Augustin. 
He fired wide.
The second half saw Lesotho create several chances, but they were wasteful upfront.
Their best chance in the half was when Sello ‘Muso shot weakly into the keeper’s hands after a Mauritian defender misjudged a long ball that bounced awkwardly.
Jonathan Patrick Enerst was red-carded by Malian referee Robert Ngosi in the 60th minute after a not-so-nasty foul on Katleho Moleko.
Yesterday’s result meant Lesotho and Zimbabwe finished on four points, although the tournament hosts progressed to the quarter-finals because of a superior goal difference.

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