Fans in for foot­ball feast

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

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.

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