MASERU – Former South Africa U20 national team coach Thabo Senong has been unveiled as the new manager for the Lesotho national side.
Senong parted ways with the South African Football Association (SAFA) in June after the U20 FIFA World Cup that was held in Poland.
Despite failing to reach the knockout stages with Amajita, the 38-year-old coach has been handed the coaching reigns to lead the Likoena.
Senong’s first assignment is to lead the country in their 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Ethiopia in the preliminary round over a two-legged affair.
The 38-year-old’s contract was not renewed after the latest tournament in Poland, where South Africa failed to register a single win.
Having also served as assistant to a number of coaches such as Ephraim Shakes Mashaba and Stuart Baxter with the senior side, Bafana Bafana, Senong will look to establish himself as a first-team coach.
Apart from learning the tricks of the trade at the national level, Senong was part of the Mamelodi Sundowns bench where he worked with Pitso Mosimane a few seasons ago.
The BBC Sport also reports that Senong made his presentation to the Lesotho Football Association (LFA) on Monday where he impressed before being unveiled in Maseru on Wednesday.
In addition, Senong takes over from Moses Maliehe who has been battling with illness and reportedly left due to health problems.
Resulting from Maliehe’s absence, technical director Lesli Notsi had been acting as a coach in recent times and has already selected a squad for the two legs against Ethiopia.
Meanwhile, the side from the mountainous kingdom is set to play away on September 4 before the return leg in Maseru four days later.
They also have CHAN 2020 qualifiers against Zimbabwe later in the month and are in a group with Nigeria, Benin and Sierra Leone for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers that start in November.