South Africa will look to turn a surprising 3-2 first-leg deficit around when they take on Lesotho on Sunday afternoon.
Likuena shocked a rather youthful-looking Bafana Bafana side a week ago, putting them on the verge of qualifying for the next round of Africa Nations Championship (Chan) qualifiers.
It was Lesotho’s very first win over their neighbours in a competitive match and that would have come as a major confidence boost to their hopes of progression.
However, Bafana coach David Notoane will be a worried man.
The U23 coach has been put in charge of overseeing qualification and has had to rely on fringe players with the Premier Soccer League (PSL) having kicked into gear.
|Game||South Africa v Lesotho|
|Date||Sunday, August 04|
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In South Africa, the game will not be televised.
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The match, which is set to take place at Dobsonville Stadium, is expected to test the grit and determination of Notoane’s troops, and he is likely to make a few changes.
There could potentially be a start for veteran Reneilwe Letsholonyane who was called up to the squad this week, but it remains to be seen if he has the legs considering he has been without a club since he left SuperSport United at the end of the previous campaign.
In addition, Notoane could keep faith in Kamohelo Mahlatsi.
The SuperSport youngster was a real danger in the first leg and should he be given the nod, Bafana’s hopes of progression could rest on his shoulders.
Also, Orlando Pirates forward Zakhele Lepasa has also been called up and could prove a threat in front of goal.
Meanwhile, Bafana are certainly not short on quality with Sundowns’ new signing Nyiko Mobbie and Pirates’ Paseka Mako at the back.
They will need to be wary of a Lesotho side who are expected to be relatively unchanged from the first leg.
Tsepo Seturumane and Lehlohonolo Fothoane are only some of the names that Bafana will need to keep a watchful eye on. The pair both netted in the first leg and if given any space could punish the Sunday’s hosts.
South Africa have dominated their opponents in the past and will count on history to take them over the line.
Of the previous nine meetings, South Africa have won five games. Lesotho, though, will be in a buoyant mood as their win over Bafana last weekend was their first win in their last two games.