By Mikia Kalati
MASERU — LCS coach, Mosholu “Shoes” Mokhothu, says he is happy that they will face South African giants, Kaizer Chiefs or Bloemfontein Celtics in a preparatory tie before squaring off against Zimbabwe’s Dynamos in a Caf Champions League tie next month.
The Lesotho champions will face Dynamos in the first leg in Harare on the weekend of February 18 while the return leg will be played on the first weekend of March in Maseru.
The two South African giants will play the league’s defending champions, LCS, and Bantu during their tour to Lesotho.
“I’m very happy that we will have a chance to play one of these South African giants before a tough continental fixture against Dynamos of Zimbabwe,” Mokhothu said.
“They play in a competitive league and I’m sure playing them before we go to Dynamos will help us a lot.
“The team has continued to prepare for the continental fixture through the Christmas break and will continue to work hard to be in good condition before the big match,” Mokhothu said.
The LCS coach said his wish is to see the correctional services side performing well in the continental tournament.
“I’m relieved that we are getting a chance to play against strong teams before we represent the country in continental commitments,” he said.
“We have to play better than we did last year in the same tournament where we were knocked-out by Uganda Revenue Authority in the preliminary stage
“The spirit in camp is very high, the players are very motivated and are looking forward to playing any of the South African sides before we head to Zimbabwe for the first leg match,” said Mokhothu.
Kaizer Chiefs will be without seven of their key members who are in South Africa’s national team that kick-start the Africa Cup of Nations tournament that roars into life on January 19, while Celtic captain, Thabo Nthethe, is also in the Bafana team and will miss the trip to Lesotho.
The two teams are expected in the country on January 19 and the four team’s tournament will start the next day.