Premier league action returns
team as he was busy with the B license coaching course prior to the opening match.”
Mahao expressed confidence in his “very competitive squad” saying they would hold their own against any team.
“The only challenge is the striking department. We wanted to bring in an experienced striker to assist Lehlomela Ramabele since we only have young players who still have to learn, but we will still give Bantu a good run for their money,” he said.
On the other hand, Bantu coach James Madidilane said his side had set the pace with the win in their first game and should keep the momentum.
“Our preparations have gone very well and everything is in place for us to continue where we left off against Rovers,” Madidilane said.
“We are looking forward to the match and I am confident the break did not affect our momentum.
“That should be not an excuse because all the teams in the league were affected by the break,” he said.
The former South African international who has been tasked with the responsibility of making Bantu a force to be reckoned with once again after their struggles last season, said the win over Rovers was not a fluke and he expected more from his team going forward.
“How we played and won against Rovers was not a fluke and that’s going to be our style throughout the season.
“There will be days when results will not go our way but so far so good and I am happy with how things have gone,” he said.
Madidilane, however, said there was still room for improvement and need to work better as a team.
In other matches, defending league champions Lioli will be searching their first win against LDF having lost to LMPS in their opening tie.
Kick4life will be hoping to make two wins on the trot when they host premier league rookies Butha Buthe Warriors also on Saturday.
The country’s most successful club Matlama chasing for their history tenth league championship are only in action on Sunday as they go toe to toe with LMPS who had a dream start to the new season with a win over Lioli.
Linare host LCS in another po- tentially explosive encounter at theh DIFA Ground in Maputsoe.
VPL fixtures Saturday: Likhopo v Bantu LDF v Lioli Kick4life v Sky Battalion
Sunday: Linare v LCS LMPS v Matlama Sky Battalion v Sundawana Rovers v Liphakoe
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Likhopo defenderdefe ender Likano teele.