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Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

Mat­lama coach, Nte­bele ‘tata Mo­c­ho­lene’ taole, has called on his team to be con­sis­tent fol­low­ing a sur­prise 0-1 loss to strug­gling LMPS in their last pre­mier league match two weeks ago.

the nine-time league cham­pi­ons face Sun­dawana at LCS Ground on Satur­day hop­ing for a swift re­turn to win­ning ways.

taole on tues­day told the Le­sotho Times his charges need to con­tinue col­lect­ing points if they are to wres­tle the league ti­tle from de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Bantu.

“the team has to play bet­ter on Satur­day be­cause our per­for­mance against LMPS was very poor; it did not meet the stan­dards of a team as big as Mat­lama,” taole said.

“Our prob­lem has been get­ting goals. We play beau­ti­ful foot­ball, but at the end of the day, win­ning matches is what counts and you can only do so through scor­ing goals.”

the vet­eran tac­ti­cian also pointed out that with the qual­ity play­ers in his line-up, Mat­lama should be do­ing much bet­ter and chal­leng­ing for honours. Tse Put­soa are fifth on the 14-team pre­mier league ta­ble and trail lead­ers li­oli by 14 points.

“It is an in­sult to the sup­port­ers that we are not among the top three teams on the ta­ble,” taole said. “But we will be work­ing on our weak­nesses, es­pe­cially get­ting the goals, be­cause we re­ally have to be win­ning matches and not drop­ping points un­nec­es­sar­ily.

“I gave the play­ers a few days off last week and am con­fi­dent that their bat­ter­ies are fully recharged now be­cause Sun­dawana can be a stub­born side, so we have to be ready for them come Satur­day,” he said.

On the other hand, Sun­dawana coach, Freese Ntene — who re­cently quit fel­low pre­mier league side linare for the am­bi­tious Butha-buthe out­fit — said he was look­ing for­ward to a gi­ant-killing act on Satur­day.

“things have been shap­ing up pretty well since I joined this team last month and my tar­get is to fin­ish the sea­son among the top eight teams in the league,” Ntene said.

“Sun­dawana have played two matches since I joined them last month, los­ing 1-0 to Bantu and win­ning 3-0 against Qoal­ing High­landers and I’m con­fi­dent there are more vic­to­ries to come for us.”

Ntene also re­vealed re­cently signed vet­er­ans, namely Bota Ra­mantsoe, Mo­hapi Ntobo and ler­ata tša­long, were all in good shape to face their for­mer club on Satur­day.

“We are play­ing Mat­lama away and it will be sweet if we win the tie,” Ntene said.

Mean­while, li­oli battle High­landers in Qoal­ing in an­other pre­mier league match sched­uled for Satur­day.

Tse Nala are five points clear of sec­ond­placed Bantu, who now have to put their african Cham­pi­ons league dis­ap­point­ment be­hind them and fo­cus on de­fend­ing their premier­ship ti­tle.

li­oli beat lik­ila United 2-1 in their last league match and will be hop­ing to ex­tend their lead with the max­i­mum three points against base­ment-side Qoal­ing High­landers.

the tey­ateya­neng-based side has al­ready been booted out of the LNIG top8 com­peti- tion and only re­main with the league ti­tle to fight for this sea­son.

Bantu, on the other hand, clash with Nyenye Rovers at leshoboro Sta­dium on Sun­day hop­ing to bounce back from their Cham­pi­ons league de­feat to as Man­gas­port of Gabon on Sun­day.

the Mafeteng gi­ants were booted out in the pre­lim­i­nary round of the con­ti­nen­tal com­pe­ti­tion when they failed to win the re­verse fix­ture at Set­soto Sta­dium, with the match end­ing goal­less. Bantu had lost the first leg 1-0 away in Gabon a fort­night ago and needed to score two unan­swered goals in the re­turn leg.

How­ever, club pres­i­dent leuta leuta says the team needs to de­fend their league ti­tle if they are to pla­cate fans dis­ap­pointed by the early Cham­pi­ons league exit.

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