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Lesotho spoil Billen's debut as Silangu coach

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MASERU – In the first game in charge of the team, Sihlangu’s new coach Valere Billen was not good enough as his team lost 1-2 to Lesotho.

The team which is currently in the mountainous kingdom where they will play two friendly matches against the 158th ranked country, allowed the home team to come from behind and snatch victory in a match watched by about 1 500 fans.

Wonder ‘Samba Jive’ Nhleko who made a resounding return to the team following a two-year absence put the country ahead converting from the spot. This was after striker Nhlanhla ‘Mshengu’ Kunene was brought down inside the box and the Malanti Chiefs player made no mistake from 12 yards, a minute before the half hour mark. two minutes later, a handball inside the box by Sihlangu defenders resulted in another penalty, this time for Lekuena, Lekuena as the Sothos are affectionately called. Striker Ganu Maile converted from the spot to level the terms.

After the break, Sihlangu were a goal behind, when the troublesome Tshepo scored from close range past an outstanding Mphikeleli Dlamini.

Billen had shockingly left on form striker Sidumo Shongwe who had scored in the previous two games, on the bench ahead of a rusty Nhlanhla ‘Mshengu’ Kunene. Uncapped Man-zini Sundowns’ new signing Mlamuli Nkambule might have broken new records, when at 17 years of age got his first start at senior national team level.


He was later rested for Mduduzi ‘Juries’ Gama later in the game as the Belgian made about five changes in a bid to claw back the game. However, his efforts all proved futile as he lost his first game in charge, a result that stretched Sihlangu’s winless streak on the international stage.




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