Likoena reinforced

Likoena of Lesotho have selected four foreign-based players for Sunday's opening 2010 World Cup-Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Gabon in Libreville.

Likoena of Lesotho have selected four foreign-based players for Sunday's opening 2010 World Cup-Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Gabon in Libreville.

Topping the quartet is captain and Orlando Pirates defender Lehloholo Seema, who is back in action after recovering from a two-month-long head injury.

The other players are the Tunisia duo of Bokang Mothoana and Ntobo Moitheri, and Lebajoa Mphongoa of National First Division outfit African Warriors.

Mothoana and Moitheri play for US Monastir.

Serbian Zavisa Milosavljevic, the new Likoena coach, and the team left for West Africa in high hopes after beating Mozambique 3-2 and drawing 2-2 with Botswana.

Seema said: "It's a new team and we have a new coach. The expectations are high and we are ready for the war in Gabon.

"We need to do well in the first game to prove to everybody that we are serious about qualifying for the Afcon in Angola and World Cup in South Africa. We are not under pressure because almost everyone is talking about Ghana in our group."

Milosavljevic, who is assisted by Leslie Nosi, is impressed by the enthusiasm of the team.

"So far, so good. We need to do well in Gabon to ease the pressure for our first game on home soil against Ghana on June 8," said Milosavljevic.

Likoena host the Black Stars at Seisa Ramabodu Stadium in Free State.

The team: Lekunutu Tsoeunyane, Samuel Ketsekile, Seema, Thapelo Mokhehle, Khoto Sesinyi, Mpitsa Marai, Thabo Masualle, Moli Lesesa, Bushy Moletsane, Tsoloane Mosakeng, Sello Muso, Motlalepula Mofolo, Mphongoa, Thapelo Tale, Mothoana and Ntobo.

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