Bounce back

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

Bantu coach, Katiso Mo­jakhomo, has called on his charges to “show char­ac­ter” and quickly bounce back from last week­end’s 0-2 hum­bling loss to LMPS.

The po­lice out­fit showed lit­tle re­spect for the 2013/14 league cham­pi­ons as they scored two unan­swered goals at PTC Ground to open their sea­son on a high.

How­ever, A Matšo Mate­bele get the chance to quickly atone for that de­feat when they host LDF at Seeiso Leshoboro Sta­dium.

Mo­jakhomo ad­mits pres­sure is al­ready mount­ing from the team’s de­mand­ing sup­port­ers hence the need to quickly re­group and win con­vinc­ingly against the army side.

“We put our­selves un­der pres­sure by los­ing the first match against LMPS, but I’m con­fi­dent we will bounce back be­cause we have a very good team,” Mo­jakhomo told the Le­sotho Times.

“It will all be about a dif­fer­ent ap­proach and men­tal­ity against LDF on Satur­day as we were very poor last week­end es­pe­cially in the first half of the match.”

Mo­jakhomo fur­ther said he was not wor­ried about the pres­sure that has seen some of the club’s sup­port­ers al­ready call­ing for his head de­spite his charges only play­ing one match of the 2015/16 cam­paign.

“Pres­sure is part of the game and it is just a mat­ter of know­ing how to deal with it. Our sup­port­ers should ex­pect a dif­fer­ent per­for­mance this week­end, and that I can as­sure them,” said Mo­jakhomo.

“Sun­day’s loss was a wake-up call for us and our play­ers re­alised their mis­takes in that match, which we have got to work on to cor­rect.

“How­ever, the bot­tom line is it’s not good that we started the sea­son with a loss, but I’m con­fi­dent we will give a far much bet­ter ac­count of our­selves against LDF.”

another team that has promised to put its dis­ap­point­ing open­ing day per­for­mance be­hind it is Linare.

the Hlotse-based side lost 1-4 to Likhopo last week­end and host Li­oli at Ma­put­soe’s new sta­dium on Satur­day.

Ac­cord­ing to Linare public re­la­tions of­fi­cer Re­filoe Makhobot­loane, things did not go well in the open­ing match and the sooner they are rec­ti­fied, the bet­ter.

“Play­ing against Li­oli is a mas­sive task be­cause they are among the in-form teams in the league af­ter open­ing their sea­son with a 3-0 win over Sun­dawana last week­end,” Makhobot­loane said.

“We have to be at our best to keep such a good side at bay. Our coaches and the play­ers are work­ing very hard to re­store the team’s pride af­ter that hu­mil­i­at­ing loss to Likhopo.

“af­ter suf­fer­ing such a de­feat, the best way to move for­ward is by mo­ti­vat­ing the play­ers so that they can get their con­fi­dence back. I be­lieve we will be ready for bat­tle come Satur­day,” he said.

Mat­lama’s Moses Maliehe is another coach who des­per­ately needs a win this week­end af­ter a shock goal­less draw against premier­ship rook­ies Rovers last Sun­day.

“We played against a very mo­ti­vated Rovers side but that’s a closed chap­ter now. the tar­get this time around is Kick­4life, although they are not go­ing to be pushovers be­cause of their 1-0 win against LCS last Satur­day which has ob­vi­ously raised morale in camp.

” this means they are very mo­ti­vated and we have to dig deep to beat them.

“We just have to work on our fin­ish­ing be­cause that’s where we were lack­ing last week­end, while luck was also not on our side,” Maliehe said.

How­ever, Kick­4life coach, Mot­lalepula Ma­joro, would be eye­ing another up­set — this time against a team dear to his heart and where he con­tin­ues to hold leg­endary sta­tus fol­low­ing years as a player at the club.

Full week­end fix­tures Satur­day: Linare v Li­oli, Bantu v LDF, Mphat­lalat­sane v Lik­ila, Rovers v Liphakoe. Sun­day: Kick­4life v Mat­lama, Sun­dawana v LCS, Likhopo v LMPS.

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