Mat­lama out to stop in-form Liphakoe

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

MAT­LAMA coach Moses Maliehe has ral­lied his troops to show their ti­tle am­bi­tions when they travel to Quthing on Satur­day to play in­form Liphakoe in a Vo­da­com Pre­mier League (VPL) clash.

Tse Put­soa have col­lected four points from their two open­ing matches and Maliehe says he ex­pect more from his charges who fin­ished sec­ond be­hind cham­pi­ons Li­oli last sea­son.

“It is go­ing to be a tough and ex­cit­ing match be­cause Liphakoe have been do­ing very well,” Maliehe said.

“Fac­ing a big team like Mat­lama will be a huge mo­ti­va­tion at a time they are en­joy­ing a good run of form.”

He said it was time his side showed their men­tal strength be­cause play­ing away from home would make the en­counter even more dif­fi­cult.

“The fact that we will be play­ing away from home makes the match more dif­fi­cult, but we will be up to the task as we need to col­lect max­i­mum points from ev­ery game.

“Our pre-sea­son prepa­ra­tions were hec­tic and the team is only tak­ing shape now. I am con­fi­dent we will im­prove with time.”

Maliehe also heaped praise on new goal­keeper Dyke Tšiu whose man of the match per­for­mance helped them col­lect a point against LMPS last week­end.

“He re­ally saved us on the day and is prov­ing to be a good sign­ing,” he said.

For his part, Liphakoe gen­eral man­ager Moeketsi Ra­makatsa said the Quthing side would re­main grounded de­spite back to back vic­to­ries over LCS and Rovers.

“We have been pre­par­ing hard ahead of this big match,” Ra­makatsa said, adding unity was be­hind their im­pres­sive start to the 2016/17 pre­mier league sea­son,” he said.

“The team spirit is high, there is to­geth­er­ness, the play­ers are dis­ci­plined and re­spond­ing very well to the phi­los­o­phy of coach Teele Ntšonyane.”

Ra­makatsa in­di­cated their goal was to be among the top teams at the end of the sea­son, adding they were tar­get­ing their first win over Mat­lama since re­turn­ing to top flight football last sea­son.

“We have to stay hum­ble to achieve our goals and, luck­ily, our coach is very good at pass­ing that mes­sage to the play­ers so that com­pla­cency does not get the bet­ter of us,” he said.

“The other mo­ti­va­tion go­ing into the game is we have never beaten Mat­lama since mak­ing our way back to top flight football so it will be our ob­jec­tive on Satur­day,” he said.

In the other Satur­day matches, Rovers host LDF at Mach­abeng Ground in Roma while new­com­ers Sky Bat­tal­ion, who stunned Linare and Sun­dawana in their pre­vi­ous matches, visit LCS at LCS Ground.

LMPS are at home to Likhopo who lost their open­ing two matches.

Vo­da­com Pre­mier League fix­ture:

Satur­day Liphakoe v Mat­lama LCS v Sky Bat­tal­ion LMPS v Likhopo Rovers v LDF

Sun­day Bantu v Butha Buthe War­i­ors Li­oli v Linare Sun­dawana v Kick­4life

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