COSAFA: Angola face Lesotho as they rebuild team

14 Jun 2016 16:20pm
WINDHOEK, 14 JUN (NAMPA) – Angola will continue their team rebuilding exercise when they face Lesotho in the Cosafa Castle Cup Tuesday afternoon.
The Angolans comprise Under-20 players for the 2016 Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) tournament which kicked off here on Saturday and ends on 25 June.
The Angolan coach was quoted as saying earlier they brought a young team as a way of giving the players experience with the hope of integrating them into the senior national team very soon.
“We brought them here to get used to playing in big tournaments and gain experience at this level as most of them will make up the national team,” said coach Samy Matias during a media briefing after the match against Malawi on Sunday which they lost by three goals to nil.
Despite the loss, the young Angolans showed great determination and spirit as they gave an experienced Malawi side a run for their money.
This afternoon they face a Lesotho side high in confidence after their 3-0 win over Mauritius on Sunday.
Lesotho coach Moses Maliene is likely to stick with the same tactic of getting an early goal and unsettling his opponents like he did on Sunday against Mauritius.
He told a media gathering after the Sunday game that they came here with a game plan.
“We wanted to score in the first 15 minutes. We scored early and settled well after that. This team is ready to face anyone in this competition but we need to score more goals,” he said.
The head-to-head of the two teams seems to favour Angola, who have won six of their nine meetings to date with three of those defeats in the Cosafa Cup. Lesotho have only beaten Angola twice, both in the Cosafa Cup.
One match ended in a draw in the Cosafa Cup.
The match Tuesday afternoon will be interesting as there is so much to play for, especially for the Basotho who would want to maintain their position at the top of the log, which their currently share with Malawi.
Angola, in turn, would like to maintain its dominance over their southern African counterparts and also prove that their under-20 team is a force to be reckoned with.
The match kicks off at 17h00 at the Independence Stadium.
(NAMPA)
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