Makoanyane XI date Saudi Arabia

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MASERU – Lesotho’s Under-20 national team will lock horns with Saudi Arabia’s Under-23 national side in a friendly tie next month.

The match is part of Lesotho’s preparations for the Caf Under-20 Youth Championships which kicks off in Libya in March.

Lesotho received a tough draw last month when they were drawn against continental powerhouse Egypt and Mali, as well as hosts Libya, at the youth championship.

Saudi Arabia will be expected to provide stiff competition for Lesotho to help the southern African side fine-tune their preparations.

Saudi Arabia have already qualified for the Under-20 World Cup to be staged in Colombia later this year.

Lesotho Under-20 team manager Khiba Mohoanyane told the Lesotho Times the friendly match will be played in Saudi Arabia at the end of February.

“Saudi Arabia has written a proposal to us and we accepted it,” Mohoanyane said.

“We are not sure of the exact dates as yet but the match will be played late next month in Saudi Arabia,” he said.

Mohoanyane said Saudi Arabia was yet to get back to them with all the logistics of the game.

“We confirmed that we are interested and are now waiting for them to give us all the logistics of the match like accommodation, flight bookings and the exact dates of the game,” he said.

He said they were going to use the tie to fine-tune the youth team ahead of the Caf Youth Championships in Libya.

“This is definitely one of the friendly matches Lesotho will use to prepare for Libya,” Mohoanyane said.

“Preparations for Libya are an ongoing process interlinked with other tournaments we are currently competing in,” he said.

He said the team is now in camp full-time.

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