First di­vi­sion gi­ants ready for battle

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Moorosi Tsiane

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.

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