Botswana ……… (0) 2
Lesotho ………. (0) 2
MASERU — Makoanyane XI and Botswana’s Under-23 national team shared the spoils in an international friendly match played in Gaborone, Botswana, last night.
According to reports from Botswana, the two teams failed to register any goal in the first half.
Botswana however came into the second half with a mission to punish their visitors.
Just a few minutes into the second half, the hosts found the back of the net after they were awarded a penalty for a foul by Pitso Monne.
Minutes later, Botswana scored their second goal and Makoanyane XI were left to chase the game.
Makoanyane XI however managed to recover from the two goals when they pulled their first goal in the 68th minute through striker Tsehla Makateng’s goal.
In the 88th minute, Makoanyane XI ensured there was a share of the spoils when right winger Lebajoa Mosehlenyane scored.
Both Makateng and Mosehlanyane are part of the nine players that Makoanyane XI coach Leslie Notsi recently introduced in the team.
The match was part of Makoanyane XI’s preparations for the Caf Under-20 Youth Championships that are scheduled to take place in South Africa next month.
Botswana were using the match to prepare for their own All Africa Games qualifying matches.
Notsi told the Lesotho Times the friendly match had helped improve the team ahead of Caf Youth Championships.
“It was a beautiful game on our side especially the technical team,” Notsi said from Botswana.
“We have just introduced new players into the team. So this has given us a big chance to improve the team by selecting from a pool of good players,” he said.
Notsi said it was good to try new faces in the team.
“We can now safely say there is a competitive team and we will go into these games more prepared,” he said.
New faces in Makoanyane XI camp:
Tsehla Makateng (Lits’ilo), Teboho Matobo (Manonyane), Lebajoa Mosehlenyane (Mpharane Celtics), Thabole Ntlaloe (Mats’oara), Mose Napo (Mpharane Celtics), Tseliso Ramathe (Qoaling Highlanders), Sele Thetsane (Matlama), Lebohang Molaoli and Teboho ‘Mpota both from (Lerotholi Polytechnic).