Polish based Luciano Matsoso says he will be looking to help Lesotho re-write the history books when they get their 2018 COSAFA Cup campaign underway against Swaziland on Saturday.
Matsoso, who plays for Oskar Przysucha, made his debut for the Crocodiles in last November’s 1-0 win over Zimbabwe in an international friendly match.
The diminutive attacking midfielder said their camp is brimming with confidence ahead of Saturday’s clash between the two Kingdom countries.
Lesotho managed to make it to the quarterfinals and semifinals respectively in the last two editions of the regional competition, but Matsoso is confident they can this year make it to the final.
The former Bloemfontein Celtic youth team player is also relishing the opportunity to play his first tournament with Lesotho.
Lesotho’s last and only appearance in the final of the senior competition came in the year 2000, where they lost to Zimbabwe.
“We are motivated and looking forward to this game,” Matsoso said.
“It’s a chance for us to re-write the history books because it’s been 18 years since the team last made it to the final.”
“It has always been my dream growing up to one day play in the competition and I’m looking forward to it.
“I have that chance now and I want to make the best out of it.”
Matsoso admitted that they will have to dig deep to get the better of the Swazi side that has done well in the competition in recent years.
Added Matsoso: “We all know that Swaziland has done well in recent years and we will have to be at our best to beat them.
“The fact that they have players of Mbabane Swallows, who have been the surprise packages of this year’s CAF Champions League also gives them the edge going into the match.
“But we are also ready to sweat for the three points because the target is to get to the final.”