LDF face Matlama backlash
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.