Linare out to end poor run

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

Win­less linare have vowed to end their poor premier league run with vic­tory over in-form Mat­lama in Ma­put­soe on satur­day.

Tse Tala have lost all three open­ing matches of the cur­rent Vo­da­com Premier league cam­paign, but the club’s public re­la­tions of­fi­cer, Re­filoe Makhobot­loane, says the mis­er­able streak would end against Mat­lama. linare are bot­tom of the 14-team premier­ship ta­ble while Mat­lama are sec­ond af­ter one draw and two wins.

“it’s a mas­sive task be­cause Mat­lama have been do­ing very well since the sea­son started, but we sat down with our tech­ni­cal team to try and find an­swers to the poor form,” said Makhobot­loane on Tues­day.

“it must be noted that we are not blam­ing any­one for the poor run and our coach, Ntate Le­bo­joa Mphon­goa, has the back­ing of the man­age­ment as he works at get­ting the team on track.”

Makhobot­loane says the play­ers are un­der­stand­ably gloomy due to lack of re­sults.

“The poor run has come as a bit of a sur­prise be­cause we did well in our pre-sea­son matches. As for the Mat­lama tie, the boys are look­ing for­ward to it.

“We are call­ing on our sup­port­ers not to turn their back on the team dur­ing this dif­fi­cult pe­riod be­cause we all need each other to get things right.

“i can also as­sure you that our play­ers will be work­ing hard to get the re­quired re­sults be­cause it is not good for the team and the linare brand to be in the sit­u­a­tion we are to­day,” he said.

On the other hand, Mat­lama coach, Moses Maliehe told the Le­sotho Times his team re­mained “a work in progress” de­spite the im­pres­sive form.

“We are slowly get­ting there, but i’m still not happy with the over­all per­for­mance of the team be­cause i be­lieve we can do bet­ter,” Maliehe said.

“Win­ning the last two matches has re­ally boosted the play­ers’ con­fi­dence, but we are tak­ing each match as it comes, and not get­ting car­ried away.

“The tar­get is to col­lect max­i­mum points as early as pos­si­ble be­cause we want to com­pete and chal­lenge for hon­ours this sea­son.”

Maliehe also told the Le­sotho Times that the good start had helped him set­tle into his new role he as­sumed at thee start of this sea­son.

Mean­while, Bantu, who clinchedlinched their first three points of 2015/16 last week­end, host Mphat­lalat­sane in Mafeteng eteng also on satur­day.

Katiso Mo­jakhomo is hop­ingg his charges pick-up from where they left-offff last Sun­day, while Mphat­lalat­sane are look­ingk­ing at reg­is­ter­ing their first win of the neww cam­paign.

Likhopo, un­der new coach sha­lane­ha­lane le­hohla, host Lik­ila United at LCS Ground seek­ing to con­tinue their rise in the on-go­ing sea­son since the ap­point­ment of the for­mer Likuena midfielder to the post t at the be­gin­ning of this term.

Lik­ila United, who sur­priseded many last sea­son by fin­ish­ing sixth on the 14 14-teamt premier league ta­ble, have been strug­gling with their game and are yet to taste vic­tory since the sea­son got un­der­way in mid-au­gust.

Another be­lea­guered side, sun­dawana, are at home to this sea­son’s sur­prise pack­age Rovers, who have drawn one and won two of their three matches of the new sea­son.

The Dy­na­mites sit third on the log but face un­pre­dictable sun­dawana, who re­main win­less and are gun­ning for their maiden win of the sea­son.

De­fend­ing league cham­pi­ons, li­oli are only in ac­tion on sun­day when they host LDF at set­soto sta­dium.

Tse Nala are the sole team with a 100-pere­cent record in the league and would be aim­ing for their fourth straight win against an army side still search­ing for their first vic­tory of the new sea­son.

Also on Sun­day, LMPS and LCS go headto-head at the Po­lice Train­ing Col­lege in a po­ten­tial thriller, while Kick­4life and Liphakoe face-off at Old Europa to wind-up the week­end matches. Af­ter sur­pris­ing LCS in their sea­son-opener, Kick­4life have since suf­fered back-to-back defeats at the hands of Mat­lama and Rovers.

On the other hand, Liphakoe have lost one and drawn two of the three league matches they have played so far this sea­son.

Full week­end fix­tures Satur­day: linare v Mat­lama, Bantu v Mphat­lalat­sane, Likhopo v Lik­ila United, Sun­dawana v Rovers.

Sun­day: LMPS v LCS, Li­oli v LDF, Kick­4Life v Liphakoe.

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