|End of the road for Likuena...|
In the end
Lesotho will have to
settle for a third-place playoff against on Saturday. South Africa
The game against Bafana, at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in
will kick-off at 13:00 as a curtain-raiser to the final between hosts Zambia and defending champions . Zimbabwe
It has been a tournament of pleasing improvements for
Certainly, Leslie Notši’s team has shown greater attacking intent and maturity.
However, the defence has looked shaky throughout and this was Lesotho Lesotho’s downfall against . Zimbabwe
Ten minutes later
right-back Eric Chipeta was afforded time and space to get a cross in; the
defence failed to deal with it and Ndoro was quickest to react, nipping in front
of Nkau Lerotholi to slot home. Zimbabwe
not playing particularly well themselves the upshot was a game devoid of
quality and rhythm. This is why Zimbabwe
was unable to build any sustained pressure when pressing for an equaliser in
the second half. Lesotho
As stated, there were positives for
The return of playmaker Bushy Moletsane greatly improved the team’s creativity.
The result has been nine goals in five games when Lesotho hadn’t scored in three
previous games. Lesotho
Upfront Tale has added greater bite to
attack with his pace and excellent work-rate. Wingers Katleho Moleko and
Litsepe Marabe also showed invention in spurts while Lioli youngster Tšepo
Seturumane, in his brief cameos, proved he is indeed one for the future. Lesotho
Jeremia Kamela (left), Basia Makepe and Lehlomela Ramabele
However, after playing four games in a week, Notši said fatigue had finally caught up with Likuena.
“It was a lapse of concentration and fatigue that saw us lose,” Notši said. “After we conceded the equaliser we lost composure but in the second half we really put on a good show and I am proud of my boys.”
Win or lose against South Africa, Likuena will return home on Sunday with the nation hoping they can build on their promising 2013 Cosafa Cup showing.
Lesotho (4-2-3-1): Kholuoe Phasumane – Thabo Masualle, Moitheri Ntobo, Nkau Lerotholi, Jeremia Kamela – Ralekoti Mokhahlane, Motlalepula Mofolo (Tšoanelo Koetle 48’) – Katleho Moleko, Bushy Moletsane (Mabuti Potloane 74’), Litsepe Marabe ( Lehlomela Ramabele 38’) – Thapelo Tale
Zimbabwe: M. Nyamupanedengu, E. Chipeta, O. Mushure, P. Matizanadzo, F. Chindungwe, D. Chafa, R. Chitiyo (L. Chibwiro 71’), M. Mambare, T. Ndoro, C. Sibanda, S. Songani (N. Alifandika 58’)