Li­oli out to re­deem pride

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

li­oli are hop­ing to re­turn to win­ning ways when they host Kick­4life in a Vo­da­com Premier league tie set for Set­soto Sta­dium this week­end.

The Tey­ateya­neng out­fit last won a league match on 3 oc­to­ber when they beat strug­gling Mphat­lalat­sane 2-0 at Set­soto and have since been top­pled from the premier­ship sum­mit be­cause of their sud­den loss of form.

li­oli goal­keeper lite­boho Mokhehle says the match against Kick­4life is a must-win if tse Nala are to re­tain the league ti­tle and re­store their pride se­verely dam­aged by back-to-back de­feats against bit­ter ri­vals Bantu early this month.

“things have not been go­ing well for us in re­cent matches and we have a great chance of get­ting it right against Kick­4life on Satur­day.

“i must ad­mit los­ing two matches in a row against Bantu re­ally hit us hard and we lost our con­fi­dence in the process,” Mokhehle said.

af­ter go­ing down 1-3 to Bantu in a league match on 1 Novem­ber at Set­soto — their first loss of the sea­son — li­oli were beaten by the Mafeteng gi­ants once again the fol­low­ing week­end in the in­de­pen­dence Cup fi­nal.

Mokhehle says los­ing against Kick­4life could fur­ther af­fect the play­ers’ con­fi­dence, adding a win would send a clear mes­sage that they are still a force to reckon with and the team to beat for the cham­pi­onship.

li­oli played to a goal­less draw against LCS last week­end while Kick­4life lost 0-3 at the hands of Mphat­lalat­sane, but Mokhehle says it is time the poor form comes to an end.

“We know it’s im­por­tant to get back to win­ning ways as other teams have caught up with us at the top of the ta­ble,” said Mokhehle.

“We are now third on the ta­ble be­hind Mat­lama and likhopo so we need to start win­ning again to re­turn to the top of the ta­ble where we be­long. i know los­ing is part of the game, but we have set our­selves high stan­dards so the match against Kick­4life presents us with a chance to prove that we are still a good side.”

in an­other league match set for Satur­day, 10th-placed Sun­dawana face likhopo at LCS Ground hop­ing to con­tinue with their resur­gence un­der new coach Bob Mafoso. the Butha-buthe out­fit have won four suc­ces­sive league matches since Mafoso re­placed Freeze Ntene as head-coach in au­gust.

on the other hand, likhopo last week­end lost for the first time this sea­son, go­ing down 1-2 to Mat­lama and los­ing top spot to tse Put­soa in the process.

How­ever, Mafoso re­fuses to take the credit for Sun­dawana’s resur­gence, and says what is im­por­tant is for the team to con­tinue with its good form.

“i think the signs were there even when i was as­sis­tant coach (to Ntene),” Mafoso said. “How­ever, the im­por­tant thing is to con­tinue per­form­ing well and make full use of the play­ers’ new­found con­fi­dence. We would want to con­tinue with our good run and the match against

Satur­day: li­oli v Kick­4life (Set­soto Sta­dium); likhopo v Sun­dawana (LCS Ground); LMPS v Mphat­lalat­sane (PTC). Sun­day: Mat­lama v liphakoe (Quthing); linare v Bantu (Hlotse); LDF v lik­ila (Ratjo­mose Bar­racks); LCS v Rovers (LCS Ground). likhopo gives us the plat­form to do just that.”

in an­other premier league match set for Satur­day, se­cond-from­bot­tom LMPS host base­ment side Mphat­lalat­sane at PTC.

LMPS have not won a league match since shock­ing Bantu in their first match of the 2015/16 sea­son in au­gust.

on Sun­day, ta­ble-top­ping Mat­lama travel to Quthing to face strug­gling liphakoe; linare host Bantu in Quthing; LCS take on Rovers at LCS Ground, while LDF en­ter­tain lik­ila United.

Li­oli have not had much to cel­e­brate about of late.

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