Matlama face rejuvenated Rovers
MAtLAMA will be hoping to live up to their proud reputation when they face resurgent Nyenye Rovers in a Vodacom Premier League match set for St Monica’s on Saturday.
Lesotho’s most successful side with nine league titles to their name, edged Qoaling Highlanders 1-0 last Sunday and defender Tšeliso Ramathe says there is need for consistency if the team is to challenge for honours this season.
Rovers were bottom of the 14team Premiership table only a month ago, but have been improving steadily and are now 10th on the log.
The Maputsoe-based team, coached by former national team striker Lebajoa Mphongoa, have not lost in their last three league matches and continued their impressive run with a 1-0 home win over LMPS last Sunday.
“It is very important that we maintain the current standards because our inconsistency can come back to haunt us,” Ramathe said.
“We need to get points consistently if we are to remain with the leading teams, which are also equally determined to win the league title.”
Tse Putsoa are in fifth position after winning four, drawing four and losing two of their 10 matches of the 2014/15 season.
However, Ramathe insists it is early days yet for any team to believe they are outright favourites for the league title.
“The league title race is still wide open, but we need to finish the first round in a respectable position to come back stronger in the second round,” he said.
The first round of matches is supposed to end before 25 December.
In other Premier League matches scheduled for this weekend, rookies Kick4Life will be severely tested when they host inform Lioli at their old Europa Ground on Saturday.
Tse Nala were rampant last Sunday, as they handed struggling Likhopo a 3-0 defeat at Setsoto Stadium.
Kick4Life Public Relations Officer, Ramafahla Thamae, told the Lesotho Times that his side had a chance of causing the biggest upset of the campaign so far by beating Lioli.
“We have nothing to prove against Lioli, but the nature of football is that everybody wants to beat the best and that will be our goal heading into the game on Saturday,” Thamae said.
“The league campaign is slowly approaching the end of the first round and we are looking at finishing it in a comfortable position among the top 8 teams.”
Thamae further said so far, the management was happy with the performance of the team, which currently occupies seventh position on the log.
“I think everyone who is part of the team, should take credit for the players’ good performance so far,” he said.
FULL WEEKEND FIXTURES
Saturday: Kick4Life v Lioli, Qoaling V LDF, LMPS v Sundawana, Nyenye v Matlama.
Sunday: Bantu v Linare, Likhopo v LCS, Likila v Mphatlalatsane.