LDF vow to beat Lioli
LIOLI’S title credentials will be put to the test when the log-leaders face third-placed LDF at ratjomose Ground on Saturday.
The Teyateyaneg-based outfit enjoy an eight-point advantage over the army side, with six games to go before the end of the 2014/15 Vodacom Premier League campaign.
Lioli coach, Mosholu ‘ Shoes’ Mokhothu, yesterday told the Lesotho Times that his side would approach the match “with the respect it deserves” due to LDF’S tough approach and the need to collect maximum points at this critical point of the season.
“We are at a very crucial stage of the league programme and cannot afford to lose any points. every single match is like a Cup final to us now, as we go for the league title that we surrendered to Bantu last season,” he said.
however, Mokhothu lamented the prevail- ing rainfall which he said had affected the team’s preparations, as well as “demoralised” star trio of Bushy Moletsane, Tšoanelo Koetle and Mohau Kuenane who were dropped from the national team that played Botswana in a friendly tie in Gaborone yesterday.
“I’m not happy with this at all; I really don’t understand why Lefa (Lesotho Football Association) wrote to us requesting that we release the players and then drop them on the day they were supposed to report for camp. At least the association should have engaged the team over the matter.”
But despite the setback, Mokhothu said the team was ready for what promises to be a bruising encounter with LDF.
“What is important for us, at this stage, is to win every match and march towards our goal, which is the league title,” said Mokhothu.
“I will be working on these three players’ mentally so that they get their vibe back.”
On the other hand, LDF coach, Malefetsane Pheko, was also adamantdamant his side were going to beat the table-toppers. toppers.
“It’s a massive task foror us, but we are preparing for the match andnd I’m confident of a positive result on Saturday,” day,” Pheko said. “The league title race is still wide open and a win at the weekendkend will take us closer to second-placedced Bantu and Lioli. The league race is s far from over; anything can happen in football and we could end up winningng the title.
“I believe in the abilities ties of my team and I have not given up on liftingifting the league trophy this season,” Pheko o said.
Full weekend nd fixtures Saturday: LDF v Lioli,oli, LMPS v Linare, Sundawana v Mphatlalatsane.latsane.
Sunday: Qoaling highlanders ghlanders v Bantu, Likila United v Nyenye e rovers, Kick4life v Likhopo.
Lioli midfielder Tšoanelo Koetle