Giants in decisive Top8 clashes
Three LNIG Top8 quarterfinal MATCHES will BE DECIDED this weekEND, with Ldf-versus-matlama AND LIOLI AGAINST LCS THE pick of THE potentially thrilling SECOND-LEG fixtures of THE PREMIER LEAGUE’S Crunch knockout tournament.
LDF AND MATLAMA FACE-OFF At RATJomose Barracks Ground on SaturDAY, WHILE Tse Nala Host MASHESHENA At Setsoto STADIUM on THE same DAY.
On Sunday, Likhopo travel to Hlotse For A DATE with LINARE, WHILE THE QOALING HIGHLANDERS AND Bantu TIE HAS BEEN postponed DUE to THE latter’s AFRICAN Champions LEAGUE Commitment.
However, Bantu Appear THE only team GUARANTEED PASSAGE to THE semi-final of THE Competition AFTER BEATING HIGHLANDERS 8-0 In THE first LEG of THE quarterfinal CLASH.
On THE other HAND, MATLAMA Carry A 2-1 ADVANTAGE From THE first LEG TIE played At Pitso Ground THREE weeks AGO, AND would HAVE to DIG DEEP to stop An LDF SIDE whose Form Continues to Improve with EACH passing week .
Former CAPTAIN Nkau Lerotholi — BACK At MATLAMA AFTER A short spell with Garankuwa UNITED In THE South AFRICAN first Division — Expects A tough Battle From THE Army SIDE, But BELIEVES they CAN PROCEED to THE semis At THE Expense of THE Army SIDE.
Lerotholi played HIS first MATCH For MATLAMA last WEEKEND SINCE HIS return From Garankuwa, AND says HE was Happy with HIS Form DESPITE THE MATCH AGAINST Likhopo ENDING In A1-1 Draw.
“It’s Good to BE BACK AND playing AGAIN. I HAVE BEEN RECEIVED very warmly At THE Club AND Hopefully, I CAN Contribute to THE team’s quest For Honours this season,” Lerotholi SAID.
“WE ARE A very strong squad At THE moment AND I think we will Do very well GOING Forward, starting with THE WEEKEND MATCH AGAINST LDF.”
LIOLI ATTACKING midfielder, Jerry KAMELE, Also Expects fireworks AGAINST LCS AFTER THE two teams played to A Goalless Draw In THE first LEG of THEIR quarterfinal CLASH AND Also Drew 1-1 In A LEAGUE MATCH last
“It Is Always Good to Contribute to THE team’s CAUSE with Goals EspeCially when you ARE Just returning From An Injury layoff. I’m Happy to BE HELPING THE team GET Important points,” KAMELE SAID.
“I think Injuries HAVE played A part In our slow start In THE NEW YEAR, But I think we ARE GETTING BACK to our Best.”
KAMELE Insists THE Departure of star-striker, Tšepo Seturumane, Could not BE THE reason BEHIND THE team’s sudden r loss of Form. LIOLI HAVE struggled For Goals SINCE THE Hitman left For police training During THE FESTIVE season.
“WE still HAVE A BIG team of qualIty players AND Just HAVE to Continue working HARD.
“AND like I SAID, Injuries to key players HAVE BEEN THE main reason why THE team HAS struggled In recent weeks, AND not Tšepo’s ABSENCE.”
MEANWHILE, LCS HAVE BEEN BoostED By THE return of veteran MIDfielder, Ralekoti MOKHAHLANE, who HAD BEEN slapped with Indefinite suspension For INDISCIPLINE By THE Lesotho Football Association (LEFA) REGARDING THE national team.
MOKHAHLANE HAD BEEN on THE SIDELINES SINCE OCTOBER last year DUE to LEFA’S suspension, AND only returned to Action last WEEKEND.
MOKHAHLANE, An Influential figure At LCS, Is EXPECTED to play A LEADING role For HIS team In Saturday’s TIE.
MEANWHILE, LINARE AND Likhopo square-off on Sunday In Hlotse AFTER settling For A 1-1 Draw In THE first LEG of THE Top8 quarterfinal MATCH.
However, THE HLOTSE-BASED outfit find themselves without A COACH AFTER FREESE NTENE RESIGNED A week AGO AND JOINED Fellow PREMIER LEAGUE SIDE SUNDAWANA.
Assistant COACH PAPIKI KHAHLOE Is Currently In CHARGE As management look For Ntene’s replacement.
LNIG Top8 quarterfinal 2nd leg
fixtures Saturday: LDF v MATLAMA (RATJOmose Barracks Ground); LIOLI v LCS (Setsoto STADIUM).
Sunday: LINARE v Likhopo (Hlotse).
Linare midfielder Tumelo Ngatane (left) holds off Likhopo midfielder Bokang Mothoana in an LNIG Top 8 match played at LCS Ground last week.