Li­oli test for Kick­4life

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

VO­DA­COM Pre­mier League (VPL) pace­set­ters Kick­4life’s ti­tle as­pi­ra­tions are set for their sternest test when the log lead­ers clash with de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Li­oli in a po­ten­tially ex­plo­sive en­counter at LCS on Satur­day.

The Les­lie Notši men­tored Kick­4life lead the stand­ings af­ter nine games with 22 points. They have a six point ad­van­tage over sec­ond-placed Bantu.

Li­oli are on po­si­tion eight with 14 points af­ter eight matches.

How­ever, Notši was quick to shoot down his club’s ti­tle am­bi­tions, say­ing the fo­cus was sim­ply to do bet­ter than last sea­son.

“We will not have any spe­cial plan for the game against Li­oli, but we know very well that they are one of the best teams in the coun­try,” Notši said.

“They have been win­ning tro­phies and re­cently were crowned In­de­pen­dence Cup cham­pi­ons. So morale is very high in their camp and we ex­pect a tough en­counter,” he said.

The for­mer Likuena coach said the match would be a good test for his side that has been the most con­sis­tent since the start of the 2016/17 sea­son.

“These are the kind of games we want to play to test our­selves against the big boys,” said the Kick­4life men­tor.

“We will give them the re­spect they de­serve. They have qual­ity in­di­vid­u­als but we also have a qual­ity play­ers that are highly mo­ti­vated,” he said adding their squad of young and ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers had gelled very well.

Li­oli coach Hale­makale Mahlaha also said he ex­pected a tough match.

“It is go­ing to be a tough match but we are slowly get­ting back to our best and from what I have seen from the play­ers this week, I ex­pect them to give ev­ery­thing against Kick­4Life,” Mahlaha said.

“The play­ers are show­ing the right at­ti­tude which makes me very happy.

“Our ap­proach will fo­cus on the tac­tics, the weak­nesses and strengths of our op­po­nents in or­der to get the three points.

“So far so good and I am happy with how the play­ers have re­sponded to my way of do­ing things be­cause even those that had a neg­a­tive men­tal­ity have come round,” he said.

Mahlaha also said his team had been boosted by the re­turn from in­jury of last sea­son’s Player of the Sea­son Jerry Kamela and left­back Bokang Sello.

Else­where on Satur­day, Liphakoe take on LMPS in Quthing while LCS and Rovers clash at LCS Ground.

On Sun­day, LDF wel­come Bantu to Ratjo­mose Bar­racks with both teams hav­ing en­joyed a good run of good re­sults in re­cent weeks.

In an­other po­ten­tially ex­cit­ing en­counter Mat­lama host San­dawana at Pitso Ground while Linare host Butha Buthe War­riors at DIFA Ground in Ma­put­soe.

The last match on Sun­day will see Likhopo col­lide with rook­ies Sky Bat­tal­ion.

Vo­da­com pre­mier league fix­tures: Satur­day Kick­4life v Li­oli Liphakoe v LMPS LCS v Rovers Sun­day Mat­lama v Sun­dawana LDF v Bantu Linare v BB War­riors Likhopo v Sky Bat­tal­ion

LI­OLI at­tack­ing mid­fielder Tumelo Khut­lang (third from right) is tack­led by a Mat­lama de­fender dur­ing the league match last Sun­day.

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