LCS, LDF to renew rivalry
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.