First division giants ready for battle
A MEMBER of the Manonyane executive, Lebohang Kolane, has warned Majantja ahead of the Splitz Benefit Cup semifinal match scheduled for Setsoto Stadium on Saturday.
Matlaka, as Manonyane are affectionately known, take on the Mohale’s Hoekbased outfit in the day’s second semifinal, which follows the Roma Boys/naughty Boys semifinal showdown which kicks off at 1pm. Winners of the two semifinals meet in the final the following day at the same venue.
The four A Division sides were voted into the tournament by fans, with the winners set to pocket M50 000, while the runners-up walk away with M30 000. The third-placed side gets M25 000, with the fourth-placed team getting M15 000.
Kolane says his side is ready to battle for the top prize and give their supporters something to smile about after an unconvincing season.
“We have prepared thoroughly going to this weekend’s matches after a disastrous season so this will be a great chance to give our supporters something to smile about.
“This is our third season in the A Division and we have not won anything since then, so our coach is determined to win this trophy,” Kolane said.
“We had a lot of youngsters in our team but they have settled well now and are ready to do the job.”
Kolane however, admitted it would not be easy to beat Majantja as they are also a good team.
“We will be playing a good side in Majantja; we played them twice in the league and lost both matches, but this will be a different ball-game altogether so they must also watch out because we need this Cup.”
On his part, Majantja spokesperson, Tšepang Makakole said the team was ready for the weekend tournament.
“We have prepared fully and the players are ready for the match. The aim is to win the tournament, and nothing else,” Makakole said.
“Manonyane are not much of a threat to us, so we are confident that we will be playing in the final come Sunday.”
A Division Management Committee public relations officer Mothusi Letsie, on the other hand, said all was set for the inaugural edition of the competition.
“Preparations for the tournament are at an advanced stage; what is now left is for the four sides to fight it out for the prizes at stake.
“Such matches are very important in our football because it is only when we have many such Cup games that our standards can improve,” Letsie said.