Zebrasâ€™ assistant coach, Oris Radipotsane has said they have solved the goal-scoring problem ahead of their match against Lesotho tomorrow.
The two teams meet at the National Stadium at 3pm tomorrow in the second leg of the African Championship (CHAN) qualifier.
They had played to a 0-0 draw in the first leg in Lesotho two weeks ago. The Zebras played two warm up matches against Serowe Select side where they won 3-0.
They also played a match against Premier League new comers, Jwaneng Galaxy and won 5-1.
“The first leg result is good for us because we were playing away. We missed chances in the first leg, but I think we have now solved the goal scoring problem which we have recently encountered,” Radipotsane told journalists yesterday.
The Zebras also fired blanks in Uganda where they lost 2-0. He admitted that Lesotho is a good team, but vowed to do everything to win this encounter. He said the team has a clean bill of health except for Gaborone United (GU) skillful winger, Mpho Kgaswane who missed Wednesday training session because of flu. There are new faces in the team, which include BR Highlanders striker, Emmanuel Thakadu, Tumelo Mazebedi of Orapa United, Lemogang Maswena (Notwane) and Gilbert Baruti (Police XI).
Mochudi Centre Chiefs’ midfielder, Lesego Galenamotlhale was also apparently called up to camp, but did not honour the invitation.
“Galenamotlhale was called up, but we received a communication from his club to say he has objected,” Zebras welfare manager, Sakaiyo Jane said yesterday. Galenamotlhale, who was recently named the player of the season has been hogging headlines over his continued omission from the national team set up. Head coach, Peter Butler has received criticism from the public for his continued omission of Chiefs players despite the fact that they won the league. However, Jane revealed that Lemponye Tshireletso’s absence in the team is because of an agreement between the player and Butler.
“Tshireletso sat down with the coach and they both agreed that he has had a long season and needed some rest.
“Another Chiefs player, Bonolo Fraizer was once called up to the national team, but he silently declined,” he said. Butler was not present to face journalists as he is said to be down with flu.
Meanwhile Lesotho national team coach, Seephephe Matete said they are under no pressure despite the fact that they failed to win at home.
“The Zebras are under pressure because they are playing at home. It is going to be a tough game and we expect the game to produce goals.
“We are going to play a relaxed game because we are under no pressure,” he said.
He said they missed their top striker, Thapelo Tlale in the first leg through injury and hope he can help them get the goals tomorrow.