By: Lilemo Matlotlo
Lesotho national team, Likuena boosted their chances to qualify for 2019 AFCON after beating Tanzania outfit (Stars of Taifa) 1-0 last Sunday at Setsoto stadium in Maseru.
A headed goal netted by Nkau Lerotholi came in the 31st minutes of the second half of the match was enough to hand Likuena a win.
Lesotho came to play Tanzania with a dying hope of qualifying for AFCON 2019 as they were at the bottom of the group standings with only two points.
However, Likuena’s win has impacted group standings as they move from fourth to the second position with five points beating Tanzania with goal difference.
Meanwhile Tanzanian slipped from position two to three and Cape Verde rests at bottom position with four points while Uganda have already qualified for AFCON tournament.
Uganda had secured 13 points after a 1- 0 defeat against Cape Verde. They will meet with Tanzania on their next and last encounter of AFCON qualifiers in March next year.
On the other hand Cape Verde will welcome Likuena. Likuena’s victory and lose or draw for Tanzania will saw Likuena advancing to the real tournament in Cameroon.
Nevertheless, the Tanzanian coach Mr Emmanuel Amunike has shared his thoughts concerning the performance of his team against Likuena.
Amunike accepted the results. He said they lost the game because of committing individual and collective mistakes which led to a failure of playing as a team.
He insisted that they can say lot of things but they lost. He highlighted that they are disappointed for the lose but they will go home and try to organize themselves.
Speaking about his next game Amunike said group L is a very complicated group.
“I think is too early to speak about what will happen on the next game. I am aware that Uganda is the very strong team,” he said.
Speaking on the same media briefing, Likuena’s coach Mr Moses Maliehe thanked Basotho who came to support Likuena.
He also congratulated his team for the victory. Maliehe added that they were desperate for the win.
“The way the boys played was like they wanted more,” he explained.
Talking of their next encounter against Cape Verde, Maliehe said any team can still qualify in group L since Cape Verde, Tanzania and Lesotho are running for second spot.
“I think we will come back from Cape Verde but it won’t be an easy game,” Maliehe concluded.