ready for rivals

Likoena of Lesotho have lined up an international friendly against Botswana at Seisa Ramabodu Stadium on May 27 to mobilise support for the team in Mangaung.

Likoena of Lesotho have lined up an international friendly against Botswana at Seisa Ramabodu Stadium on May 27 to mobilise support for the team in Mangaung.

The Lesotho Football Association will play all their home 2010 World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in Free State.

They asked the South African Football Association to allow them to play at the home of Siwelele because Setsoto Stadium in Maseru is being renovated for the World Cup.

Prior to the game against the Zebras, Likoena will embark on a journey to Maputo and Mbabane for international friendlies against Mozambique and Swaziland.

The game against the Black Mambas will take place next Wednesday, with the one against Isihlangu scheduled for Somhlolo Stadium two days later.

Serbian Zavisa Milosavljevic, the new Likoena coach, started with preparations for the qualifiers two weeks ago by assembling a provisional team.

The team was booked at the University of Free State's High Performance Centre in Bloemfontein last week for medical tests.

Milosavljevic, who is assisted by Leslie Nosi, is impressed that captain Lehlohonolo Seema is back in action after being sidelined by an injury for a month.

"The new coach phoned me last week to check how I was doing. I'm loking forward to being part of the team for the qualifiers," said Seema.

"The most difficult team will be Ghana. The majority of their players are in Europe and they won a bronze medal at the Africa Cup of Nations.

"Gabon and Libya are a closed book like us, we need to do well at home and at worst, draw away. It is good that all the guys plying their trade away are back."

Seema is one of the two South African-based players in the provisional team along with Mphungoa Lebajoa, who is with African Warriors.

The Tunisia-based duo of Bokang Mothoana and Moitheri Ntobo, who play for US Monastir, are expected back home tomorrow.

Also tomorrow, Lefa top brass will be in Bloemfontein to announce the team's programme for the qualifiers and also support the May 15 2010 World Cup celebrations.

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