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Lesotho have been runners-up in the Cosafa
Castle 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 two games in ordinary time in the Cosafa Senior
Challenge, their last when they beat Mauritius 1-0 in 2009.
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 continues 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.
All-in-all they have won just four of their
23 games to date.
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