COSAFA: Lesotho through to quarterfinals

17 Jun 2016 12:40pm
WINDHOEK, 17 JUN (NAMPA) – Lesotho became the second team to advance to the quarterfinals stage of the 2016 Cosafa Castle Cup after a solitary goal against Malawi at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Thursday.
A late goal by Lesotho goal-poacher Jane Thaba-Ntso gave the team the victory in the 83rd minute of their Group B encounter as part of the 2016 Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) Cup that commenced here Saturday. It ends 25 June.
Lesotho and Malawi both had six points before the match and Lesotho only needed a draw to proceed to the next stage. Malawi needed a win.
Speaking during a post-match interview, Lesotho head coach Moses Maliehe could not hide his excitement.
“We have accomplished our mission. I have to congratulate my boys because they played according to our plan. We wanted to win the group, we did and we must accelerate now going into our match against South Africa (SA),” he said.
Maliehe added that the win will ease pressure on the team.
“The group stages were very difficult and we have now gained momentum, and the other team (SA) will be starting from scratch,” he said.
Lesotho team captain Basia Kenneth Makepe was selected as ‘Man of the Match’.
On his part, Malawi coach Ernest Mtawali uttered frustration at the missed opportunities during the game.
“We gave Lesotho a lot of time to play and settle in and it became very difficult for us in the end. I do not even want to lie about it, but I am very disappointed,” he said.
Mtawali noted that the players diverted from their game plan, which prevailed failure in the end.
“The way we planned to play is not how we played but playing international football has never been easy. We will sit down and talk and plan the way forward,” a clearly upset Mtawali said.
The Lesotho vs SA match will kick-off at 15h00 on Saturday at the Sam Nujoma Stadium. The two teams have met only once in the Cosafa Cup, with South Africa winning 1-0 in 2013.
Namibia, the defending champions, will face Botswana in the second quarterfinal match on the same day and same stadium, starting at 17h30.