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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Preview: Lesotho looking to maintain COSAFA momentum against Angola

Likuena looking to pick up from Sunday's win over Mauritius
Lesotho plays its second game of the 2016 COSAFA Castle Cup this afternoon when Likuena face Angola at the Independence Stadium in Windhoek, Namibia.

Lesotho goes into the game with confidence after a handy 3-0 win over Mauritius in its opening match on Sunday. Thanks to the victory, Likuena go into today’s game on top of Group B.

Angola, on the other hand, suffered a 3-0 defeat to Malawi in its opener. Angola will therefore be aiming to bounce back against Likuena.

However, given that Angola has brought a largely Under-20 team to this year’s tournament, this match represents a good chance for Lesotho to take a step towards qualifying for the quarterfinals. Only one team will progress from Group B to meet South Africa on Saturday in the last eight.

Likuena are high on confidence and Moses Maliehe has a full squad to pick from with no injuries reported after Sunday’s win. Maliehe is therefore likely to stick with the same starting line-up that did so well against Mauritius.

Today’s match is the sixth time Lesotho meets Angola in the COSAFA Castle Cup. Likuena have two wins while the Palancas Negras have won the other four meetings between the nations.

Kick-off is at 18:00.

Lesotho v Angola - Past Cosafa Castle Cup meetings:
(04-7-99) Lesotho 0-1 Angola – Maseru
(23-7-00) Lesotho 2-1 Angola – Maseru (Maseela, Ntšonyana)
(30-4-06) Lesotho 1-3 Angola – Maseru (Moletsane)
(28-7-07) Lesotho 0-2 Angola – Gaborone
(14-7-13) Lesotho 1-1 Angola (Lesotho won penalties) – Kitwe (Tale)

Probable Lesotho XI:
Daniel Jousse - Mafa Moremoholo, Basia Makepe ©, Kopano Tseka, Jeremea Kamela - Kefuoe Mahula, Hlompho Kalake, Mabuti Potloane, Jane Thaba-Ntšo, Tumelo Khutlang - Tšepo Seturumane 

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