National pride at stake: Sera
Motebang Sera says he is grateful new national team coach Veselin Jelusic has included him in the final squad for 2023 Africa Cup of Nations preliminary round tie against Seychelles despite lack of game time at club level.
The Lesotho top goal-scorer in the history of the COSAFA Cup, recently made a move to Golden Arrows after a frustrating spell with Royal AM.
The 26-year-old forward is working his way back to full fitness since reuniting with former Likuena captain, Lehlohonolo Seema at Arrows.
“I’m really excited and grateful to have been given a call-up despite the challenges I have been experiencing at club level in recent months,” Sera said.
“It shows that my country appreciates me even during the difficult times and I’m very grateful for the opportunity to be part of the squad.”
Sera admitted that the Lesotho national team has gone through a rough patch in the last two years and must beat Seychelles over the two legged tie to restore their pride.
Seychelles host the first leg match in Mauritius on March 23, while the return match will be played at Dobsonville Stadium on Sunday, March 27.
“The two matches against Seychelles are very important to us as we want to qualify to the group stage of the Africa Cup of Nations,” the striker said.
“We know that the performance hasn’t been good in recent years and we have to go all out to restore the pride of our country.
“We owe it to Basotho and the football fraternity in the Mountain Kingdom. A good result can work magic for all of u,” he said.