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HEROES ARRIVE: ROUSING WELCOME FOR LIKUENA

By Staff Writers

Hundreds of Basotho gave a heroes’ welcome to their team Likuena after the squad returned from Soweto on Monday following their 3-0 triumph against Bafana Bafana

Likuena, who beat Bafana Bafana 6-2 on aggregate to advance to the next round of the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers, arrived at the Maseru border gate last night.

Dozens of border workers and onlookers cheered as the bus arrived, while motorists honked their cars’ horns and cheery fans blew their vuvuzelas.

A roar of delight rose up as team’s bus approached the Lesotho side of the border where hordes of supporters, including minister of sports Dr Mahali Phamotse lined the street to celebrate Likuena’s victory.

Likuena beat Bafana Bafana 3-0 on Sunday.

Lesotho punished South Africa four minutes in after the half-time break by Jane Thaba-Ntšo who broke the deadlock for Likuena and extended their lead to 4-2 on aggregate.

The South African defence were once again caught napping when finished off a move which the hosts could have better to defend.

Bafana also lacked the cutting edge and they were made to pay for it after the hour-mark as Thaba-Ntšo 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.

The victory appeared to inject a dose of unity in this fractious nation. It was also a welcome break from political instability, economic gloom and soaring unemployment. NW

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