LDF face Mat­lama back­lash

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

Mat­lama will be seek­ing re­venge when they host LDF in a Vo­da­com Premier league match set for Pitso Ground on Satur­day.

the po­ten­tial-cracker comes a fort­night af­ter the army side knocked tse Put­soa out of the LNIG top8 tour­na­ment.

tse Put­soa head into the match third on the ta­ble while LDF are in eighth spot.

Mat­lama mid­fielder Mabuti Pot­loane, who re­turned from a lengthy in­jury lay­off last week­end and scored his side’s goal in the 1-1 draw with Likhopo, be­lieves the match against LDF could de­cide if tse Put­soa are gen­uine ti­tle-con­tenders.

“We badly need the points to put pres­sure on log-lead­ers li­oli and se­cond-placed LCS so this is a very im­por­tant match for us to stay in the race,” Pot­loane said.

“It is get­ting tough with ev­ery match and we can­not af­ford to drop points from now on.”

Pot­loane, who left his child­hood club, Linare, last sea­son to pur­sue a dream of win­ning tro­phies at Mat­lama, feels with bet­ter luck, Mat­lama would have won some of the matches they ended up set­tling for draws. Last week­end, Tse Put­soa ap­peared to have se­cured max­i­mum points only for likhopo to equalise in the last minute.

“Foot­ball is the one sport that goes with luck. Un­for­tu­nately, we have not had it, which I think is the rea­son we have not won some of the matches de­spite play­ing so well,” said Pot­loane.

“all we have to do is keep work­ing hard and again, I can tell you that we have been con­cen­trat­ing on our fin­ish­ing to get the goals we need to win matches.

“What is im­por­tant at this stage is to look back and see where it went wrong for us and try to rec­tify those mis­takes.”

Pot­loane also said it felt good to be back in ac­tion af­ter months on the side­lines.

“It takes time to be at your best af­ter be­ing out of the game for such a long time, but I think I’m slowly re­gain­ing my fit­ness,” Pot- loane said.

On his part, LDF coach, Motheo Mo­hapi, said he was aware Mat­lama would come to Satur­day’s match like a wounded lion.

“We know it is never easy to ac­cept de­feat so it is clear they will be out for re­venge,” Mo­hapi said.

“It is go­ing to be a tough af­fair that we have to be pre­pared for both phys­i­cally and men­tally.

“What is im­por­tant is to get ready for the match and do our part as we also need the points to im­prove our po­si­tion on the log,” he said.

Mo­hapi fur­ther said he was tar­get­ing a top­four fin­ish for LDF come end of the sea­son.

“We have in­juries to a cou­ple of our play­ers, but we will go to the match with what we have and do our best,” he said.

Mean­while, pace­set­ters Li­oli will also be in ac­tion on Satur­day against bot­tom-of-thetable Mphat­lalat­sane.

In Satur­day’s other match, Kick­4life host linare.

Full fix­tures Satur­day: Mat­lama v LDF, Mphat­lalat­sane v Li­oli, Kick­4life v Linare.

Sun­day: Rovers v LMPS, Lik­ila v LCS, Bantu v Likhopo, Liphakoe v Sun­dawana.

LDF mid­fielder Lekoekoe Molefe (left) closes down Mat­lama striker Mote­bang Sello in this file pic­ture.

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