Paul taking Lesotho friendly seriously

Likoena date: Pio Paul says they are ready for Lesotho
Likoena date: Pio Paul says they are ready for Lesotho

Coach of the under-23 football team, Pio Paul has said he takes tomorrow night’s international friendly match against Lesotho seriously as evidenced by the strong squad he has called up.

Addressing journalists in Gaborone yesterday, Paul said the young Zebras were ready to face the junior Likoena.

His young players are expected to dominate the senior Zebras squad that takes on Mozambique in Lobatse on Sunday.

Paul said their intention just like most teams, is to give the young squad more playing time.

“We want to prepare the young squad ahead of the upcoming games such as All Africa Games and the COSAFA Challenge,” Paul said.

“We are looking forward to tomorrow’s game and are aware that Lesotho plays a passing game. We have called a strong squad and that indicates that we take the game seriously.”

The Lesotho Under-23 football team, the junior Likoena is already in Gaborone ahead of their clash against the Young Zebras.

Likoena head coach, Seephephe Matete said his squad is mostly made up of new players who will win their first caps tomorrow.

“The Wednesday international friendly is an important game.

We have realised that we always have a great team after we play Botswana.

“Many of the players have left the team due to physical fitness and other reasons.

We have a new team and we are looking forward to a good game. “We understand the Botswana team is good at set pieces and they control the ball well,” Matete told journalists.


The Botswana Under-23 squad:

Goalkeepers: Bophelo Kealeboga (Jwaneng Galaxy), Ezekiel Morake (FC Satmos) and Goitseone Phoko (Gaborone United)

Defenders:  Bogosi Kaekwa (Township Rollers), Kagiso Dithebe (Police XI), Kaone Van Der Westhuizen (Letlapeng FC), Moshe Gaolaolwe (BDF XI), Oabile Makopo (Notwane FC) and Thato Kebue (Motlakase Power Dynamos)

Midfielders: Emmanuel Machinya (Extension Gunners), Eric Molefi (UF Santos), Gape Mohutsiwa (Motlakase Power Dynamos), Kabelo Seakanyeng (BDF XI), Karabo Phiri (Gaborone United), Lebogang Ditsile (Letlapeng FC), Letlhogonolo Senwelo (Police XI), Michael Pillar (Extension Gunners), Mpho Kgaswane (Gaborone United), Obonye Maome (Gaborone United) and Tapiwa Gadibolae (Township Rollers).

Strikers: Kennedy Ramasa (Motlakase Power Dynamos), Onkabetse Makgantai (Nico United), Thatayaone Ramatlapeng (SK Senec Slovakia), and Unobatsha Mbaiwa (BMC FC).


The Lesotho squad

Phasumane Kholue, Makhetha Thakeli, Sepiriti Malefane, John Mohai, Nkau Lerotholi, Motiki Mohale, Jeremea Khamela, Thabiso Mohapi, Lisemela Lebokollane, Poloko Mohale, Phafa Tsoosane, Litsepe Marabe, Lekhanya Lekhanya, Jane Thabantsho, Teboho Mota, Bokang Mothoane, Lesoetsa Morapedi, Mabuti Potloane, and Thapelo Tale.

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