Busy week­end for big guns

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

BANTU coach James Ma­didi­lane has de­manded con­sis­tency when his charges take to the field against Sky Bat­tal­ion and San­dawana in the space of three days, today and Sun­day re­spec­tively.

The coun­try’s most suc­cess­ful side Mat­lama also en­ter­tain San­dawana today at Bam­batha Tšita Sports Arena be­fore tak­ing on Rovers at Pitso Ground on Sun­day.

Bantu and Mat­lama have games in hand and have been forced to play catch up.

Ma­didi­lane stressed the im­por­tance of men­tal for­ti­tude as they seek to put the dis­ap­point­ment of the aban­don­ment of their match against LDF last week­end. The match was called-off to­wards halt-time with Bantu lead­ing 2-0. This was af­ter ri­val play­ers started fight­ing each other.

“Of course the play­ers were dis­ap­pointed be­cause we did very well in that match tak­ing an early lead,” Ma­didi­lane said, adding, “We were all gut­ted that the match did not play to the end as we the bet­ter team.

“But we will work with the play­ers to en­sure they are in the right psy­cho­log­i­cal state of mind to put it be­hind and fo­cus on what is ahead of them.”

Ma­didi­lane said they would they would fully fo­cus on the Sky Bat­tal­ion en­counter be­fore they could even think of the equally tough tie with San­dawana.

“Both games will be a big test but I am con­fi­dent that we will col­lect max­i­mum points be­cause we have been play­ing good foot­ball.

“But a coach is never satisfied even when things are go­ing his way and I think there is still a room for im­prove­ment,” he said.

On the other hand, San­dawana com­mu­ni­ca­tion and mar­ket­ing of­fi­cer Bokang Pha­sumane said a “mam­moth task” awaited his side, adding, “But out care­taker coaches Ntate Freeze Ntene and Khothatso Sekonyela will have a good plan to over­come”.

“It is go­ing to be a tough week­end for us, but we are ready to bat­tle Mat­lama and Bantu for the six points.

“We know it is not go­ing to be easy, but we will pre­pare our­selves prop­erly be­cause we have the qual­ity to cause an up­set,” Pha­sumane said.

He said they would be with­out Retha­bile Rasethuntša who was red-carded in their last game against Butha Buthe War­riors, but this would give other play­ers a chance to show what they can do.

In other Satur­day matches, LCS host base­ment club Butha Buthe War­riors while Liphakoe take on Linare in Quthing.

Pace­set­ters Kick­4life are also in ac­tion on Satur­day as they wel­come LDF at LCS Ground, hop­ing to bounce back from last week­end’s 1-4 thump­ing at the hands of Li­oli.

On Sun­day, Li­oli will be out to con­tinue their climb up the log ta­ble when they take on Likhopo while LMPS play host to Sky Bat­tal­ion at PTC Ground. Week­end fix­tures: Thurs­day Mat­lama v San­dawana Sky Bat­tal­ion v Bantu LCS v Likhopo Satur­day Kick­4life v LDF Liphakoe v Linare Sun­day Li­oli v Likhopo Bantu v San­dawana Mat­lama v Rovers LCS v Butha Buthe War­riors

Mat­lama mid­fielder Phafa Tšosane (right) pushes the ball while Bantu mid­fielder Hlom­pho Kalake closely watches - File pic.

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