LCS, LDF to re­new ri­valry

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

IN-FORM LCS will host LDF on Satur­day in a po­ten­tially ex­plo­sive Vo­da­com Premier League match set for LCS Ground.

The cor­rec­tional ser­vice side moved to se­cond place on the log af­ter clinch­ing their third suc­ces­sive win in the league since the se­cond round got un­der­way in Jan­uary.

Mashesh­ena, as the club is af­fec­tion­ately known, beat Kick­4life 3-0 on Sun­day, but coach Mpitsa Marai told the Le­sotho Times that his side’s fo­cus is not on the league ti­tle.

“Our goal from the start of the sea­son was to fin­ish among the top four teams in the league and bat­tling it out for the cham­pi­onship would be a bonus for us,” said Marai.

“Our fo­cus is not on over­tak­ing Li­oli at the top of the league but to play each match as it comes. We will take it one game at a time and see where it takes us.”

The for­mer Likuena cap­tain said he was happy with his side’s con­sis­tency in the se­cond round and wants to see more im­prove­ment from his charges.

LCS trail log lead­ers Li­oli by five points and a win on Satur­day would cut the lead to three as Tse Nala will be play­ing in the African Cham­pi­ons League on Sun­day.

“I think play­ing against LDF would be a dif­fer­ent ball game com­pared to the other teams, and it will re­quire a dif­fer­ent ap­proach from us,” said Marai.

“We have a good mix­ture of young and ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers who are work­ing very well as a team and I am happy with the progress of the team so far.

“The se­nior play­ers have been very help­ful in terms of lead­ing by ex­am­ple, and I think that is the other rea­son we are do­ing so well as a team.”

On his part, LDF coach Motheo Mo­hapi said his charges were fa­tigued af­ter play­ing three games within seven days.

“The match against LCS is a very im­por­tant fix­ture, and we will go there to fight for the three points be­cause we need to im­prove our po­si­tion in the league,” Mo­hapi said.

“But I think the sched­ule that has seen us play three games within seven days has been un­fair on us. We played Mat­lama the other week­end, Li­oli in mid­week then Mphat­lalat­sane this past week­end which was too much, es­pe­cially for the ma­jor­ity of our play­ers play­ing for the first time in top flight foot­ball.”

The LDF men­tor ex­pressed con­fi­dence that his team would rise to the oc­ca­sion come Satur­day.

“We must show char­ac­ter and go to that match pre­pared be­cause we des­per­ately need the three points,” he said.

“There are also in­jury con­cerns for us, but we will go there and do our best.”

Mean­while, Bantu will host Liphakoe while LMPS will be at home to Mat­lama on Satur­day.

For­mer Tse Put­soa skip­per and Jan­uary big-sign­ing, Nkau Lerotholi, will face the team that made him a top player for the first time dur­ing the match.

Mot­latsi Shale will also be ey­ing his first win in charge of Linare af­ter Tse Tala suf­fered a nar­row 1-0 de­feat at the hands of Likhopo last Sun­day.

The other fix­tures will see Sun­dawana host­ing Kick­4Life in Butha-buthe and Likhopo at home against bot­tom-of-the-ta­ble Mphat­lalat­sane.

All matches will be played on Satur­day to ac­com­mo­date Li­oli’s African Cham­pi­ons league match on Sun­day.

Premier league fix­tures

Satur­day LMPS v Mat­lama Bantu v Liphakoe LCS v LDF Sun­dawana v Kick­4life Linare v Rovers Likhopo v Mphat­lalat­sane

LDF cap­tain Molefe Lekoekoe (right) pushes the ball as LCS mid­fielder Sob­huza Tsha­bal­ala gives chase.

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