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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Likuena to play first competitive game of 2017 in June

Lesotho will begin the Moses Maliehe era in June...
Lesotho will play its first official game of 2017 on June 13. The match will be Likuena’s first qualifier for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and it will be away against Tanzania.

Lesotho was drawn in Group L for 2019 AFCON qualifiers in January alongside Uganda, Cape Verde and Tanzania. After June’s first round of qualifiers there will be a long break until March 2018 for the next batch of group games.

Lesotho’s next competitive fixture of 2017, therefore, will come in July in the form of a two-legged tie against Comoros in the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers.  Comoros will host the first leg on July 4 before the return leg in Maseru on July 21.

Should Likuena manage to progress past Comoros they would face either Namibia or Zimbabwe in the final qualifying round in August.

The winner of that tie will qualify for the CHAN finals which will be held in Kenya in January 2018. Moses Maliehe’s side has already started preparations for the games. The Lesotho Football Association (LeFA) had hoped to secure a friendly for Likuena during FIFA’s official dates from March 20 to 28 but nothing has been confirmed as yet. The national side is yet to play game since the permanent appointment of Maliehe as coach in December.

Likuena will play a practice game against Vodacom Premier League side Sundawana in Maputsoe on Wednesday.

2019 AFCON qualifying schedule - Group L:

13 June 2017
Cape Verde v Uganda
Tanzania v Lesotho

27 March 2018
Uganda v Tanzania
Lesotho v Cape Verde

3 September 2018
Cape Verde v Tanzania
Uganda v Lesotho

11 September 2018
Tanzania v Cape Verde
Lesotho v Uganda

16 October 2018
Uganda v Cape Verde
Lesotho v Tanzania

13 November 2018
Tanzania v Uganda
Cape Verde v Lesotho

2018 CHAN qualifying:
Second round:
4 July 2017
Comoros v Lesotho
21 July 2017
Lesotho v Comoros

Third round:
11 August 2017 and 18 August 2017
Lesotho/Comoros v Namibia/Zimbabwe

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