Area 30,355 sq km
Capital City Maseru
Official languages English, Sesotho
Head of State King Letsie III
LESOTHO FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION
President Salemane Phafane
P.O. Box 1879
Affiliated to FIFA 1964
Affiliated to CAF 1964
Lesotho were runners-up in the southern African championship in 2000 proving the potential of the mountain kingdom despite is small population size. ‘Likuena’ have always been consistent challengers for the top honours in the region. The side is coached by Seephephe Matete, who took over from the long-serving Leslie Notsi in 2014.
LESOTHO COSAFA CUP HISTORY
Lesotho have been runners-up in the Cosafa Cup, reaching the final in 2000 when they lost convincingly 6-0 on aggregate to Zimbabwe.
The progress of Likuena to the deciding tie shook up the competition and proved that the playing fields of southern Africa had been levelled by the so-called minnows of the region.
But since their appearance at the finals, Lesotho have won just four games in ordinary time in the Cosafa Cup, their last when they beat Tanzania 1-0 in 2015.
Beaten by Zambia and Mozambique in 2001 and 2002 respectively, they lost on post-match penalties to the Mozambicans in 2003 and Botswana in 2004, when they were beaten 11-10 by Botswana in an incredible shootout in Maseru.
In 2006 they drew with Mozambique and then won on penalties, but lost their group final at home to Angola
The poor run continued in 2007 as they lost to Angola and Namibia, but they did at least put up a good showing in 2008 when they beat the Comores, their first win in the competition outside of Lesotho, and draw with Namibia.
However their 1-0 loss to Malawi meant they did not progress to the quarterfinals.
They were ousted in the first round on goal-difference in 2009, despite a win and a draw in their two matches.
But fortunes improved in 2013 when they finished fourth in the competition, advacing through the pool stages before losing in the semifinals to Zimbabwe and then being beaten to bronze by South Africa.
They failed to get out of the pool stages in 2015 despite that victory over Tanzania.
All-in-all they have won just six of their 32 games to date.
COSAFA CUP RESULT RECORD
|8-7-13||Kitwe||KENYA||2-2||Mokhahalane (pen), Tale|
|9-7-13||Kitwe||BOTSWANA||3-3||Mokhahlane (pen), Lerotholi, Tale|