Premier league action re­turns

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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

Bantu striker tse­bang Le­bata

Likhopo de­fend­erdefe en­der Likano teele.

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