By Staff Writers
A nail biting battle at the Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto, Gauteng on Sunday afternoon ended in a 3-0 win for visitors Likuena over self-important neighbours Bafana Bafana in a 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) second round, second leg.
A seesaw first leg battle in Maseru last weekend ended in a 3-2 win for Likuena. It was a historic moment for the Mountain Kingdom‚ who claimed a first win over Bafana Bafana in nine attempts – and 24 years of trying – as a late goal sealed victory to the delight of fans.
This now means Lesotho are progressing to the next round of CHAN qualifiers after winning 6-2 aggregate to South Africa.
The 2020 CHAN tournament – which exclusively features players from the respective national leagues and not overseas-based players, takes place in Cameroon, after former host country Ethiopia were forced to withdraw.
After losing the first leg 3-2 last weekend, Bafana Bafana coach David Notoane added a little experience to the side with Nyiko Mobbie, Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Paseka Mako brought in to the starting line-up.
Despite these wholesale changes made, Bafana Bafana today still proved no match for Likuena.
Bafana showed a lapse in concentration from the break and they were punished four minutes in by Jane Ntso, who broke the deadlock for Lesotho and extended their lead to 4-2 on aggregate.
Bafana also lacked the cutting edge and they were made to pay for it after the hour-mark as Ntso grabbed his brace and doubled the lead for Likuena. Hlompho Kaleke ended all the hopes for Bafana as he made it 3-0 in the closing stages and 6-2 on aggregate. NW