Former Lesotho national team captain, Lehlohonolo Seema, reckons Swaziland will head into Saturday’s quarterfinal match with the Crocodiles as favourites.
Seema, who is the assistant coach of Bloemfontein Celtic in the South African Premier League (PSL), feels the recent success of Mbabane Swallows in the CAF Champions League, gives Sihlangu the momentum ahead of the Saturday big clash between the two countries.
Swaziland has seven players from the Swallows team that has four points in their opening two matches of Group D in the CAF Champions League. Swallows have made it to the CAF Champions’ League group stages for the first time in the history of the club.
Swaziland is also 19 places above the Crocodiles in the FIFA rankings.
“It’s going to be a very tough game, but I would not say they have the advantage, instead I think those players from Swallows gives them the hunger to continue doing well.
“Swallows players have gathered momentum and a lot of experience playing in the continental club competition. They are also doing well.
“But football is football and has its surprises. Lesotho has the experience as well from different international competitions.
“I expect a highly competitive match between the two countries.”
Seema, who also had a glittering career that includes captaining Orlando Pirates, said his country can make it to the semi-finals if their players rise to the occasion and apply themselves accordingly.
Added Seema: “I think if the players apply themselves well and have the right attitude, nothing will stop them from winning the game.
“They just have to rise to the occasion and do what is expected from them to reach the semi-finals.”
Swaziland won the last match between the two countries during the 2015 edition of the regional showpiece that was held in the North West province.
By Mikia Kalati