LDF vow to beat Li­oli

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

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

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