Top guns in top4 battle

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

MAT­LAMA coach, Nte­bele ‘ tata’ taole, has ral­lied his troops to gun for a top-four berth now that the premier­ship ti­tle is out of reach.

Fin­ish­ing the sea­son among the first four teams would guar­an­tee In­de­pen­dence Cup qual­i­fi­ca­tion and Taole is con­fi­dent Mat­lama can make this elite group.

Tse Put­soa are fifth on the 14team pre­mier league ta­ble on 40 points with two matches to go, while fourth-placed LDF have 42 points, third-placed lcs are on 44, sec­ond­placed Bantu have 54 points and pacesetters Li­oli are on 57.

With Li­oli and Bantu fight­ing it out for the league ti­tle, an­other battle is also rag­ing for top-four berths and taole is be­lieves his team is ca­pa­ble of mak­ing it into this elite pool.

The Sea Point out­fit will play the al­ready rel­e­gated Qoal­ing high­landers on satur­day and taole is look­ing at col­lect­ing max­i­mum points and en­sur­ing a re­spectable fin­ish come end of the sea­son.

“i must ad­mit that it’s not go­ing to be easy as lcs and LDF have more points than us and we have to de­pend on other teams to do us favours by beat­ing them in th­ese last two matches,” taole said.

“We just have to do our job and get max­i­mum points in our last two matches against Qoal­ing high­landers and Nyenye rovers. i have no doubt that we have the ca­pac­ity to win th­ese matches and hope­fully, those above us slip-up.”

the vet­eran coach blamed in­con­sis­tency for Mat­lama’s fail­ure to be chal­leng­ing for the ti­tle.

“it’s a pity that we are only play­ing well and win­ning matches now when it is too late. how­ever, i’m con­fi­dent we can sneak into the top-four and be part of the in­de­pen­dence tour­na­ment (in Oc­to­ber this year),” said taole.

lcs coach, Katiso Mo­jakhomo, on the other hand, said his team can­not af­ford to make mis­takes at this crit­i­cal point of the sea­son.

“We have to win the re­main­ing matches to make sure that we are among the top-four teams,” Mo­jakhomo said.

“I’m pretty con­fi­dent of get­ting the points in the two matches against linare and likhopo.

“the team has done very well up to this stage and we just have to mo­ti­vate the play­ers to fin­ish the sea­son with a bang and qual­ify for the in­de­pen­dence tour­na­ment.”

Yet LDF men­tor, Male­fet­sane pheko, is also look­ing for­ward to a top-fourr fin­ish. pheko has lamented ldf’s 2-1 loss last week­endek­end against Bantu, which he said dealt his side a blow in its quest for honours.

“We were un­luck­yky in that match, but it’s in thehe past now and our fo­cus is on n satur­day’s match against lik­ila a United, and of-course, the last one ne of the cam­paign against Qoaling­ing high­landers,” pheko said.

“it is im­por­tant that we do not take th­ese matches lightly as our hope of fin­ish­ing among the top-four our teams could be dashed.”

LDF de­fender Tu­mane Lethakha (right) and Mat­lama striker Mpho Matsinyane

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