Top guns in top4 battle
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