Fans in for football feast
FANS are in for a football treat with 10 premier league matches lined-up on what promises to be an exciting long weekend.
the weekend starts tomorrow on moshoeshoe’s Day holiday as matlama host Linare at Pitso Ground, rovers are at home to Sundawana, Lioli entertain Likila at Setsoto and Liphakoe face LMPS in Quthing.
On Sunday, Lioli battle Bantu at Setsoto, LDF host rovers at ratjomose Ground, Linare receive Sundawana in maputsoe, LMPS face Kick4life at PTC Ground, LCS play mphatlalatsane at LCS Ground, and matlama tussle with Likila United at Pitso Ground.
Arguably the pick of tomorrow’s matches sees matlama battle Linare for the three points on offer and ultimately, a respectable position on the 14-team table come end of the season.
tse Putsoa go into the match in high spirits following a 3-2 win over LDF last weekend to maintain third position on the table.
On the other hand, Linare drew 0-0 with Kick4life last Saturday away from home, and are ninth on the table.
matlama coach moses maliehe told the Lesotho Times the win against LDF was a timely boost for the players’ morale as the league title races enters the final stretch.
“this is another important match for the team and the weekend offers us a chance to get six points with a game on Friday and another on Sunday,” maliehe said.
“the win over LDF last weekend was a morale-booster and we look forward to the two upcoming fixtures.”
maliehe further said the good news for his team is the return of captain Phafa tšosane and nkesi rankhasa from long-term injuries as well as the of mabuti Potloane.
Potloane has scored in back-toback matches against Likhopo and LDF in the two matches he played since he was sidelined by injury last season.
“Potloane has been outstanding and it is a big advantage to us as we have been lacking a player of his experience and talent when he was out injured,” he said.
“His form has come at the right time and we also welcome the two other experienced players after their layoff due to injuries.”
On his part, Linare coach mot- latsi Shale said he was aware of the big task which awaits his team when they battle matlama.
“It is a very important match as we are still searching for our first win since the second round of the season started in January,” Shale said.
“A win over matlama can help us move towards a place in the topeight. It has been a tough journey for me since I took over as coach (last month) and a win will help us finish in a respectable position at the end of the season,” he said.
According to Shale, his job at Linare has been made difficult by lack of resources as some of the players have not been come to training and matches due to lack of funds.
“I have not managed to have all the players due to financial challenges. I hope management will do something to make sure we have all the players for each and every match,” said Shale.
“But otherwise, I’m happy with the progress made by the team despite all the challenges.”
In tomorrow’s other match, Lioli, who were ruthless in their last match with a 6-1 humiliation of mphatlalatsane, face Likila. the defending league champions host Bantu on Sunday with both matches to be played at Setsoto.
Full fixtures Friday: matlama v Linare (Pitso Ground), rovers v Sundawana (roma), Lioli v Likila (Setsoto), Liphakoe v LMPS (Quthing). Sunday: Lioli v Bantu (Setsoto), LDF v rovers (ratjomose Ground), Linare v Sundawana (maputsoe), LMPS v Kick4life (PTC), LCS v mphatlalatsane (LCS Ground), matlama v Likila United (Pitso Ground).
Linare defender Tšepo Thejane keeps a close eye on Matlama striker Motebang Sera in this file picture.