Lesotho embraces knockout

Sello Rabothata

Sello Rabothata

While South Africans were treated to a kamikaze display of how not to play soccer, neighbouring Lesotho has been able to pick up some positives from the format of the MTN 8 competition.

While locals have been questioning the wisdom of playing two-legged semifinals in a knockout competition, the Basotho have gladly embraced the format in their own version of the tournament.

The past weekend saw real action in the 2008 Matekane Group of Companies Super 8 Final in the Mountain Kingdom, where Butha-Buthe Warriors FC took on Lesotho Correctional Services in a first-leg clash.

Highlights of this encounter will feature on the African Soccer Television show which screens on SABC1 Sport's Laduma programme on Sunday.

This week ASTV also looks at the road travelled by Nigeria at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the final against Argentina.

The team played so well and flew the African flag high with breathtaking performances that had commentators suggesting they could walk into the Nigerian senior team any time.

But coach Daniel Amokachi has warned that it would not be right to rush members of the Olympic team into the Super Eagles.

Amokachi told the KickOffNigeria.com website that the team and players may have done well, but they should grow steadily into the senior national team.

"All of them have stood out so there will be no need for me to name any player here.

"It was never a one-man show but teamwork," Amokachi told KickOffNigeria.com.

"From what happened at the Olympic Games you will see that the players have proved that they can play at the highest level and they do not need to prove anything to any one.

"If any of them is given the chance, I think that person may not disappoint but they must take it easy."