DESPITE their early exit from the 2021 COSAFA tournament, under-17 coach, Motolo Makepe, is pleased with his charges’ performance,
Makepe’s side was booted out in the group stages after losing 0-2 to Zambia before drawing 1-1 with eSwatini on Monday.
Seabata Tsemane was on target for Lesotho on Monday. The match was however, temporarily suspended five into the second half due to water-logging.
When the match was suspended, eSwatini were leading courtesy of an own goal from defender, Majara Mohale, in the first half.
Although he would have wanted to qualify for the semi-finals and give his boys more exposure against Angola, Makepe said he was happy with how they played.
“Of course, every coach would want to win and going into the semis would have been another good test,” Makepe said.
“Our biggest disadvantage was the absence of some of our players who tested positive for Covid-19. We only went into this match with 11 players, so our options were limited.”
His next task is building for the future.
“We have a good team and we just need to be consistent and keep the players together while prepare for the future.”
He said there were some positives which is hoping to build on.
“Discipline and character are some of the positives that we are taking from the competition and we will build from there going forward. There is still room for improvement for but we will get there,” Makepe said.