MASERU — Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) have vowed to progress to the next round when they take on Uganda Revenue Authority in a Caf Champions League tie on Saturday.
LCS last took part in the Champions League in 2008 and performed dismally when they were knocked out 4-0 on aggregate by South Africa’s Platinum Stars.
But the club said there will be no repeat of that capitulation when they take on the Ugandan champions away in Kampala.
LCS coach Mosholi ‘Shoes’ Mokhothu told the Lesotho Times on Tuesday that they were looking to improve on their last performance in the Champions League.
“That was a dismal performance that we do not want to repeat,” Mokhothu said of the four-nil mauling at the hands of Platinum Stars.
He said his team were aware of their predecessors’ performance and were determined to do better.
“We are going into this match with only one idea in mind, win the game and rewrite history,” Mokhothu said.
He said a win away in Kampala would drastically increase their chances of progressing to the next round of the competition.
“The LCS committee, technical team and the players have sat down together and discussed our last performance in the Caf tournament.
“We have all agreed that we need to work hard and make history by proceeding to the next stage,” he added.
The coach said the two sides appeared balanced on paper.
But the tie should not be seen as a walk in the park.
The Uganda Revenue Authority have won the Ugandan league four times and were currently lying second in their local league.
Mokhothu however said this should be seen as a consolation.
“We are also on the same position in our league, so it’s a team that should not give us a problem,” Mokhothu said.
“However, we are going there knowing that they were also preparing themselves for us.”
Mokhothu said morale within camp was very high adding the players were determined to raise the country’s flag high by securing a win.
“The players’ spirits are very high and their intentions are only to win the Saturday game,” he said.
LCS left the county for Uganda yesterday.
The two sides will clash again in the return leg at Setsoto Stadium on March 3.
LCS squad: Kholuoe Phasumane, Ralekoti Mokhahlane, Katleho Lethabela, Moitheri Ntobo, Khoto Sesing, Paseka Moroanyane, Lawrance Molengoane, Lieta Lehloka, Kutloisiso
Nthonyane, Relebohile Raotsi, Thulo Ranchobe, Selebalo Moshoeshoe, Tšepo Geroge, Motlatsi Rantja, Tšepo Rantaitsana, Rankara Thabane and Samuel Ketsekile.
Technical team: Mosholu Mokhothu (head coach), Ribbo Ramakau and Banki Marai (assistant coaches)