Mat­lama face rejuvenated Rovers

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

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.

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