Seturumane bounces back

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Moorosi Tsiane

LMPS forward Tšepo Seturumane has returned to the national team and has joined camp with the squad in its preparation for its CHAN qualifying matches against South Africa next weekend.

Likuena starts its CHAN qualifiers at home on 28 July at Setsoto Stadium with the return fixture set for a week later at a yet to be decided venue.

Seturumane, who has been out of the Likuena set up for about two years, has already started training with the team which will play two friendlies with Botswana tomorrow and on Sunday in Gaborone, Botswana.

The former Lioli and premier league’s 2013/14 player of the season was dropped from the national team after he was involved in an allowance row with the Lesotho Football Association (LeFA) in 2016. He however, returned and apologised to the association.

Since that incident, he has been called for national duty twice in 2017 and early this year but on both occasions, he never showed up for training sessions.

Other new faces in the team that was announced on Tuesday by caretaker coach includes the Matlama defence trio of Rethabile Mokokoane, John Mohai and Lisema Lebokollane.

Linare defender Rethabile Rasethuntša is also part of the team along with Bantu attacking duo of Mokone Marabe and Neo Mokhachane. LCS winger Makara Ntaitsane has also been recalled to the team.

Announcing the team this week, Notši said they tried to assemble a competitive team which is good enough for the task at hand.

“There are new faces in the and these are players who have consistently played well for their clubs, so we have tried to take players whom we believe can deliver,” Notši said.

“We have mixed them with experienced players because of the high expectations. We have to win so that we qualify for the tournament.”

Notši said they have provisionally selected a 24-man squad but they will be taking only 19 players to Botswana while the other five (Kopano Tseka, Mafa Moremoholo, Thabo Seakhoa, Sekhoane Moerane and Sepiriti Malefane) will remain on standby.

“We could not take with us all the players due to some administrative issues. The five who will remain at home will remain on standby and may be called if the need arises.

“The idea is to see this team going progressing further from what it left off at the recent COSAFA Cup in Durban. That is one of the reasons for which we are trying to introduce new faces as we have also noticed that some of the players are ageing,” Notši said.

He however, admitted that playing South Africa is always challenging but said he believes he has a capable team to beat them.

“Luckily, we played South Africa during our preparations them while preparing for the AFCON qualifier against Cape Verde earlier this year, so we know that they are strong and fast. However, our advantage is that within our ranks we have my assistant James Madidilane, who is from South Africa. So, he knows their culture and how they play so I think that will work to our advantage even though we know that it is not going to be easy,” Notši said.

Likuena squad:

Goalkeepers: Thabiso Lichaba, Monaheng Ramalefane

Defenders: Tsoanelo Koetle, John Mohai, Motlomelo Mkhwanazi, BAsia Makepe, Nkau Lerotholi, Rethabile Rasethuntsa, Rethabile Mokokoana.

Midfielders: Lisema Lebokollane, Tsepo Toloane, Lehlohonolo Fothoane, Makara Ntaitsane, Hlompho Kalake, Neo Mokhachane, Jane Thabantso, Rethabile Selonyane.

Strikers: Mokone Marabe, Tsepo Seturumane.

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