Linare eye Sun­dawana scalp

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

Linare coach, Freese ntene, has urged his charges to end their in­con­sis­tency by tak­ing all the three points on of­fer when they face Sun­dawana in a Vodacom Premier League match sched­uled for ButhaButhe on Satur­day.

ntene has de­scribed the week­end clash as a “must win” for the Hlotse-based out­fit, and be­lieves a loss would be cat­a­strophic for his side whose third-place Premier­ship fin­ish last sea­son earned them the ado­ra­tion of the foot­ball fra­ter­nity.

But after an in­dif­fer­ent start to the sea­son, Linare find them­selves in un­fa­mil­iar ter­ri­tory and the sub­ject of in­tense de­bate by pun­dits and their fans per­plexed by the sud­den change of for­tune.

ac­cord­ing to ntene, Sun­dawana who are find­ing the go­ing equally tough in the topflight league, present Linare with a good chance to turn the tide and start liv­ing up to their fans’ ex­pec­ta­tions.

“This is a very im­por­tant match for us as the three points will boost our chances of sur­vival fol­low­ing a poor start to the sea­son,” said ntene, whose team lies eighth on the 14team Vodacom Premier League ta­ble nine matches into the 2014/15 cam­paign.

Ntene fur­ther said what gives him con­fi­dence is the avail­abil­ity of all his play­ers for se­lec­tion, although first-choice goal­keeper, Dyke Tšiu, might not play as he is mourn­ing his mother who re­cently passed away.

“all our play­ers who had been side-lined through in­jury have since re­cov­ered, and I feel it is time we be­came con­sis­tent and push for a place among the top four teams as we head to­wards the end of the sea­son’s first round.”

“It is very im­por­tant that we col­lect max­i­mum points in our re­main­ing fix­tures to end the first round on a high note. But i must say, Sun­dawana are a very strong team and we should not un­der­es­ti­mate them or else they will shock us.”

In another fix­ture set to pro­duce fire­works on Satur­day, log-lead­ers Le­sotho De­fence Force (LDF) host fourth-placed Le­sotho Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices (LCS) at Ratjo­mose Bar­racks.

After suf­fer­ing their first de­feat in eight matches last Sun­day fol­low­ing a 3-0 ham­mer­ing by Li­oli, LDF coach Male­fet­sane Pheko is con­fi­dent his team will bounce back in style against Mashesh­ena, as LCS are af­fec­tion­ately known.

“We have since put that de­feat be­hind us, but at the same time, the heavy loss has helped us rec­tify our mis­takes,” Pheko said.

“Our matches against LCS have al­ways been very dif­fi­cult and we will have to be at our best to beat them.

“LCS have been very im­pres­sive since the sea­son started and our boys would have to dig deeper to get the bet­ter of LCS come Satur­day.”

Mean­while, on Sun­day, two of the coun­try’s top guns, Mat­lama and Bantu, re­new their ri­valry at Set­soto Sta­dium, in ar­guable the pick of the week­end matches.

A Matšo Mate­bele cur­rently oc­cupy sec­ond spot on the Premier­ship ta­ble and would be hop­ing to re­venge the In­de­pen­dence Cup semi-fi­nal de­feat they suf­fered against Mat­lama at Set­soto in Oc­to­ber. On the other hand, Mat­lama would be hop­ing to bounce back in style fol­low­ing a 1-0 de­feat to Sun­dawana a fort­night ago away from home.

Full week­end fix­tures Satur­day:

Sun­dawana v Linare (Butha-buthe), LDF v LCS (Ratjo­mose Bar­racks), Li­oli v Mphat­lalat­sane (Set­soto Sta­dium). Sun­day: Mat­lama v Bantu (Set­soto Sta­dium), Qoal­ing High­landers v Lik­ila United (Qoal­ing), LMPS v Likhopo (PTC Ground), Kick­4life v Nyenye Rovers (LCS Ground).

Linare is aim­ing to outsmart San­dawana in their week­end Premier League en­counter in Butha-buthe.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Lesotho

© PressReader. All rights reserved.