LIKUENA coach, Thabo Senong, is stressed that his group might not have adequate time to prepare for its two need to win Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers versus Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

This since of the recent suspension of football in Lesotho amid the 2nd wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Desperate to apprehend the sharp increase in cases of Covid-19, the federal government this month suspended sporting activities leaving only non-contact sports. The suspension is expected to end when the national lockdown end on 27 January.

The Likuena mentor today said going into the qualifiers with a group that lacks match fitness has actually currently worked against them in the previous matches against Benin last November.

Senong’s charges lost 1-0 away prior to drawing nil-all in the house five days later. The side is at the bottom of group L with 2 points from 4 matches.

Likuena’s next projects will protest Sierra Leone in your home on 22 March 2021 prior to flying to Nigeria a week later on.

Nigeria is topping the group with eight points while in second is Benin with seven points. Sierra Leone is 3rd with three points.

For Lesotho to increase their opportunities of making their first look in the finals in Cameroon in January next year, they will need to win their remaining 2 matches. And Senong confessed won’t be a simple task offered the scenarios.

” In the 2 matches we bet Benin, you could see that in regards to physical fitness, we were much better than them however we lacked match physical fitness which was dealing with the gamers’ confidence,” Senong stated.

” So, we lacked imagination which is something that you get when you have confident players who are not afraid to make errors.

” Unfortunately, you get self-confidence when you are playing and as things stand, it looks like we may when again enter into the qualifiers with gamers who are lacking match physical fitness.” Senong stated.

He said he was not anticipating an extension of the lockdown hoping that the lockdown does not get extend and football returns right away after is raised.

” But we are just hoping that as soon the lockdown is raised, football will be permitted to return so that when we start our programme early February, the gamers will remain in shape. By the time we play in March, they would have played numerous domestic league ties which need to help us.”

That a few of their challengers in the group have players in European leagues that are active presently will make the task much harder.

“Many of the leagues are still active particularly in Europe where our opponents have the majority of their players playing, so it is indeed going to be a challenge,” Senong said.