By Mikia Kalati
MASERU — Likuena coach Leslie Notši is confident his team will make up for last Friday’s humiliating loss to Ghana by beating Sudan in a 2014 World Cup tie at Setsoto Stadium on Sunday.
Lesotho were hammered 7-0 by Ghana’s Black Stars in Kumasi.
But Notši this week told the Lesotho Times his team has put aside last week’s disappointment aside.
“We have to restore lost pride, only a convincing win over Sudan on Sunday will make us all forget that nightmare in Kumasi,” Notši said.
“We were all disappointed after losing by such a big margin to Ghana, but it is important to focus on the Sudan match and forget about what happened last week.”
The Lesotho coach said Sudan look the better side on paper after defeating African champions Zambia 2-0 last Saturday.
“We will once again head into this match as underdogs. But it is important to get a win and give the country confidence after that humiliating loss in Ghana,” Notši said.
The former Matlama and Lioli coach said he is hopeful that the returning Bokang Mothoana and Lehlomela Ramabele will bring much needed motivation into the team.
Notši added: “They are quality players, both have the experience having played and scored in such crucial matches before.”
“I’m positive their individual brilliance will come into the party and give us a win over Sudan,” said the 46-year-old coach.
Likuena will be boosted by the return of star midfielder Mothoana who missed the clash against the Black Stars due to suspension.
Striker Ramabele also rejoins the team; the Matsieng-born hit man missed last Friday’s match in Ghana due to family commitments.
Matlama’s versatile midfielder Tšoanelo Koetle is the only player expected to miss the Sunday game after getting a red card against the Black Stars.
Meanwhile, Ramabele told the Lesotho Times that he is prepared to help his teammates forget last week’s nightmare.
“It was hurting to hear that the team lost so badly in Ghana, but I will work hard to make sure that we all forget that disappointment,” Ramabele said.
Ramabele was the hero of the Lesotho team scoring the all-important goal in the 1-0 win over Burundi in November last year.
Notši will be expected to go for a more offensive but disciplined approach opposed as to last Friday’s defensive game plan in the 7-0 thrashing by Ghana.
Possible starting line-up:
First choice goalkeeper Mohau Kuenane is expected to reclaim his position in goals.
He watched from the bench in Kumasi as Lesotho Correctional Services Kholuoe Phasumane conceded seven goals against the Black Stars.
Thabo Masualle is set to continue in the right-back position.
Notši will surely continue with the centre-back partnership of captain Moitheri Ntobo and Matlama’s Nkau Lerotholi in the heart of defence.
Thapelo Mokhehle will also start as the other full back on the left side of the Likuena team.
The versatile Bokang Mothoana is likely to play alongside midfield hard-man Ralekoti Mokhahlane, while playmaker Bushy Moletsane and Katleho Moleko will add numbers going forward in the midfield.
The team is hungry for a win and the coach has indicated that his plan is for the team to get early goals.
The speedy duo of Lehlomela Ramabele and Thapelo Tale are favourites to start in attack with Dlomo Monaphathi dropping to the bench.