Likuena Seize Third Place

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Likuena Seize Third Place

By Satish Sekar in Polokwane © Satish Sekar (June 8th 2018)

Moses Maliehe’s decision to rest his team’s only scorer, Sera Motebang, paid off as his replacement Masoabi Nkoto scored the only goal of the 3rd/4th play-off. The Likuena took the lead over Franklin Andriamanarivo’s Barea after ten minutes.

Maliehe blooded youngsters and reaped the reward. He was satisfied that the Crocodiles had come of age.
I think we gave it a brave fight though our goal was to reach the final,” Maliehe told journalists at the post-match press conference.

“We did not concede even a single goal in the three matches that we played from the quarterfinals and were unlucky to lose to Zimbabwe on penalties in the semi-finals. We have shown a lot of growth as a team and I’m very happy as the coach of the team.”

Madagascar soaked up the early pressure, leaving Jaotombo Bourah isolated up front. Nkoto saw an early effort cleared off the line before making the decisive difference. There was nothing that keeper, Jean Dieudonné Randrianasolo could do.

Madagascar gradually grew into the match, but Crocodiles keeper, Likabo Mphuti kept Madagascar’s star player Andriamirado Andrianarimanana, better known as Dax, out with a fine save as Dax wended his way into the box and shot. Both Dax and Mikka (Michael Rabeson) were profligate in the second half as Madagascar sought but failed to find the equaliser.

With time running out Marcio Ravelomanantsoa’s header drew a fine save from Mphuti to preserve Lesotho’s lead.
While disappointed to lose, Andriamanarivo achieved his target – an unlikely one at the start – the semi-final, knowing the Barea had to top the group, ousting Abel Xavier’s Mpozambique, and then Stuart Baxter’s Bafana Bafana. The supposed minnows had roared.

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