A 25-man team delegation of the Lesotho national football team, dubbed Likuena (The Crocodiles) arrived in the country yesterday afternoon to face the national team Lone Star on Sunday at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.
LFA Secretary General Alphonso Armah, who headed the protocol team, said the team is lodged at the Krystal Oceanview Hotel in Mamba Point.
The Lesotho delegation is comprised of 20 players, including goalkeepers Likano Mphuthi, Kananelo Makhooane and Mohau Kuenane.
The defenders are Sepiriti Malefane, Nkau Lerotholi, Thabo Masualle, Basia Makepe, Tlali Maile, and Bokang Mothoana.
Midfielders: Mabuti Potloane, Tšoanelo Koetle, Lekhanya Lekhanya, Motlalepula Mofolo, Makara Ntaitsane, Tšepo Seturumane, Bushy Moletsane, Phafa Tšosane, Khoto Sesinyi and twin strikers Thapelo Tale and Tšepo Lekhooana.
The winner of the tie will proceed to a tie against either Comoros or Kenya in the second knockout phase on July 18-20 and August 1-3.
Interim Coach Thomas Kojo’s Lone Star will have support from five international players four of which were officially called.
The players are Captain Anthony Laffor, former CSKA Moscow attacking midfielder Sekou Jabateh, who is on loan to Greek club PAOK Salonika, defensive midfielder Alseny ‘Ocha-cha’ Keita, plying his trade in the lower division in France for Jean D’arch Drancy, potent striker Chris Jones, from Germany.
Some of the locals include Teah Dennis, Isaac Popu, Prince Jatoh, Soto Roberts, Myers Garlo and Nathaniel Sherman.
Meanwhile, LFA President Musa Bility has expressed frustration over the Liberian government’s careless attitude toward the national teams.
Bility said on Wednesday on a local radio that Liberians should not blame the FA but the government if Lone Star failed because of the government lack of financial supports to the teams.
He said up to yesterday there was a dime from the government as its support to the team against Lesotho.
His comments come in the wake of mounting concerns in the public as to why the LFA didn’t invite top scorers Francis Grand Pa Doe and Dioh Williams among others.
Bility indicated that though the technical staff had recommended for more professionals, the LFA was constrained to cut the number to four because of financial constraints.
He said officials of the LFA are going into their personal coffers to underwrite the teams’ expenses.