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Lesotho head coach Moses Maliehe has suggested that he anticipates a rather physical game when his side faces Cape Verde in Group L qualifier of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Lesotho will qualify for their maiden Afcon finals with a win or if they match Tanzania’s result against Uganda Cranes who already qualified for the competition.

“We are ready to play Cape Verde; we know it will be a hard task and won’t be easy and that they will attack most of the time,” Maliehe told BBC.

I’m aware that when we play Cape Verde it will be a physical game rather than a tactical one. That’s why we have started our preparation early to get our players tuned for the game.

“We are ready to play Cape Verde; we know it will be a hard task and won’t be easy and that they will attack most of the time.”

The gaffer believes they have a chance despite playing away from home and Tanzania being at home to Uganda.

"We have a chance. The game itself is already motivation for my players; I don’t have to motivate them for this. It will be a first-time ever for Lesotho to qualify and my boys are ready for that opportunity."

“We are well prepared. There is a real sense of excitement and anticipation.”

Meanwhile, Cape Verde will also be eager to pick maximum points and hope Uganda beat Tanzania in Dar es Salaam.

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