Can 11 Days’ Training Conquer Lesotho?

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Many countless prophets in this country will have to send a message to sports administrators that success in football encounters does not depend on the application of luck.

They also must be encouraged to bring a further message that quality in life and all things is not by accident but by planning and adequate preparation.

It is a truism in life that those who win are those who prepare to win. The above observation is important because there seems to be an element of apathy when it comes to national team’s preparation.

The national soccer team, Lone Star, is scheduled to play against their Lesotho counterparts on May 18, at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.

It was only yesterday that the team started their preparation. But perhaps, football authorities are counting on Liberian professionals abroad but starting training in such a short time for such a prestigious encounter is nothing more than preparation to fail.

A source has hinted me that some officials of the LFA believe that ten days are enough to prepare a team for any assignment. However, I am yet to see if any of our coaches can support that ‘opinion.’

Football authorities have known since last October that Liberia would play Lesotho to qualify to join Group C for the preliminary rounds of the Afcon 2015 and yet nothing was done.

Now playing the first leg at home, a good win is the only way to ensure a successful second-leg match in Maseru, Lesotho.

Liberia has not had encounters with Lesotho so both countries may be playing in a blind. A brief history of Lesotho football does not reveal much for Liberia to worry about.

The Lesotho national football team, nicknamed The Crocodiles, got a first taste in international action in a 2-1 win over Malawi in August 1970. They celebrated their biggest ever win (5-0) over Swaziland in 2006 and suffered their biggest loss 0-7 to Zaire and Ghana in 1993 and 2012 respectively.

A small country in Southern Africa, Lesotho has never qualified for the FIFA World Cup and neither qualified for the African Cup of Nations. The team made their biggest breakthrough in football when they finished as runners-up in the COSAFA Cup in 2000.

A quick comparison indicates Liberia is ahead of Lesotho but that is no way to remain apathetic in preparing to meet them, since surprises in football makes it necessary to prepare well and ahead of time.

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