Battle of the fittest
Fans are waiting with great anticipation for this weekend’s independence tournament which brings together four of the biggest football teams in the Mountain Kingdom.
there is no doubt the annual competition has become one of the most exciting sporting events in the country over recent years.
This year, the two-day competition sees Bantu taking on LCS in Saturday’s first semifinal set for Setsoto Stadium, while Lioli and Matlama renew their rivalry later in the day at the same venue. The final and third-place play-off take place the following day also at Setsoto and one could not have asked for better excitement than what this independence or top-four competition is offering.
The Lioli/matlama tie could be dubbed a final before the final as these are two of the most successful teams in the country, which have enjoyed great rivalry over the seasons.
What makes the match even more appetising is the fact that Matlama lost 11-12 on penalties to Lioli in the final of last year’s edition of the annual tournament, so it goes without saying that Tse Putsoa would be out to revenge that painful defeat.
Matlama are under a new coach this time around following their appointment of former Lioli coach, Moses Maliehe, to the hot seat at the beginning of this season. Maliehe was born in Berea, Lioli’s home district, and played for both Matlama and Tse Nala, so it would be interesting to see how he conducts himself in this match as both teams mean so much to him.
Again, this should be Maliehe’s last match in charge of Matlama following his appointment as national team (Likuena) coach last month.
Maliehe has since brought massive improvement to Tse Putsoa, and I’m sure he would want to make history by leading the Sea Point outfit to the independence title as he prepares for a new challenge with Likuena.
On the other hand, Lioli go into this tournament with their tails between their legs after a humbling 1-3 loss to Bantu in sunday’s premier league match at Setsoto Stadium.
the heavy defeat came as a surprise to many as Tse Nala were un-