Sun­dawana plot se­cond round of­fen­sive

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Moorosi Tsiane

SUN­DAWANA coach Bob Mafoso said there would be no room for com­pla­cency in his team when the se­cond round of the 2015/16 Vo­da­com Premier League re­sumes on 16 Jan­uary.

The Butha-buthe out­fit ended the first round of the cam­paign in fine form, win­ning their last seven matches to go into the Christ­mas break third on the 14-team ta­ble with 24 points — two be­hind se­cond-placed Mat­lama and adrift of log-lead­ers Li­oli.

How­ever, 32-year-old Mafoso this week said he was fully aware of the chal­lenges that await his charges when the 13-match fi­nal leg of the sea­son gets un­der­way.

Sun­dawana be­gin their se­cond round with a daunting clash against Mat­lama on 17 Jan­uary, but Mafoso says his team would have to learn to take on what­ever op­po­nent with con­fi­dence but cau­tion.

“It has been a good first round for us in­deed and we are still on fes­tive sea­son break un­til Mon­day next week, when we be­gin train­ing for the se­cond round.

“It will, no doubt, come with a lot of pres­sure from the fans, man­age­ment and ev­ery­one in­volved with this team be­cause of how we played in the first round so we are all aware of th­ese ex­pec­ta­tions. What re­ally mat­ters is how we are go­ing to deal with all that pres­sure,” Mafoso said.

Ac­cord­ing to Mafoso, the team would be in dan­ger if the play­ers al­low the first-round suc­cess get to their heads.

“There were some tar­gets set here when the sea­son started but I was not with the team at the time,” Mafoso said.

“When I came here, it was just to save the team from rel­e­ga­tion and make sure that we fin­ish in the top four or at least in a re­spectable po­si­tion so my play­ers must avoid com­pla­cency and fo­cus on their work.

“We need to get this mes­sage across to the play­ers be­cause they have been do­ing well. Again, like I said, there will be high ex­pec­ta­tions from ev­ery­one which will put more pres­sure on the team, so we must make sure by the time the se­cond round re­sumes, they are fit men­tally.”

The for­mer Lik­ila United coach also warned that ev­ery team would be fac­ing them very well pre­pared hence the need to be fully fo­cused all the time.

“It’s not go­ing to be easy at all; all the teams will come at us more pre­pared than be­fore be­cause of our im­pres­sive record so we also need to up our game if we are to con­tinue do­ing well.”

Mafoso fur­ther said the cur­rent break could have bro­ken the team’s mo­men­tum, but also noted the rest of the league is on a break.

“There are two ways to look at it. In our last match against Mphat­lalat­sane, there we some signs of fa­tigue among the play­ers so they needed this break but again, it is pos­si­ble that our mo­men­tum might get af­fected by this.

“How­ever, the most im­por­tant part is at least they have had a chance to rest and be- sides, it’s not like it was only us who were on this hol­i­day.”

Asked if the team would be sign­ing new play­ers when the trans­fer win­dow opens on 2 Jan­uary, Mafoso said ad­di­tion to the squad would be wel­come.

“Well, we don’t want to desta­bilise the team with many sign­ings in the middle of the sea­son but there are some ar­eas we need to bee­fup when the Jan­uary win­dow pe­riod opens.

“The good thing is we have all the sup­port we might need from our pres­i­dent who promised that we will get any player that we want. So yes, we might be go­ing for th­ese play­ers next month.”

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