The South African international has found a new home in Lesotho following South African Football Association (SAFA)’s decision not to renew his contract two months ago.

By Ernest Makhaya

Additional reporting by The Night’s Watch

Former Bafana Bafana assistant coach Thabo Senong has officially been appointed as head coach of the Lesotho senior national team Likoena. 

Senong joins Likoena after parting ways with the South African Football Association (Safa), who did not renew his contract at the end of the Fifa U20 World Cup two months ago.

“Extremely honoured and humbled to serve Lesotho football as Likoena Coach. Thank you for all your warm messages of support. I promise to do my best to serve Lesotho football with integrity, respect, humility and professionalism,” Senong said on Twitter on Wednesday.

The Pimville-born mentor had a successful stint with Amajita, where he qualified for two Fifa World Cup and two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.

Amajita took part in the 2016 and 2017 Afcon U20 tournament to book their place in the 2017 and 2019 Fifa U20 World Cup finals, respectively. 

Senong also finished as runners-up during the Cosafa Cup tournament with Amajita in 2016. 

His biggest test will at the start of September when Lesotho take on Ethiopia in the qualification rounds of the 2022 Fifa World Cup. 

Senong will then lead his new team against Zimbabwe in the African Nations Championship (Chan) qualifiers on September 20. NW

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