Kick­4life face Mat­lama test

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

PREMIER league pace­set­ters Kick­4life’s ti­tle cre­den­tials will once again be se­verely tested, this time by Mat­lama when the two teams face off in a po­ten­tially ex­plo­sive en­counter at Set­soto sta­dium on Satur­day.

Kick­4life can fin­ish the first half of the league cam­paign on top if they pass the Mat­lama test and an­other against LMPS in their next match.

They have a two points’ ad­van­tage over in-form Li­oli.

Kick­4life and Mat­lama head into their clash on the back of vic­to­ries over LDF and Rovers re­spec­tively in their games played last week.

Kick­4life coach Les­lie Notši told the Le­sotho Times that they ex­pected a tough but en­ter­tain­ing game from Mat­lama who were a very com­pet­i­tive side de­spite their re­cent prob­lems that led to the res­ig­na­tion of head coach Moses Maliehe.

“Our tar­get in ev­ery match is to be con­sis­tent and col­lect max­i­mum points,” Notši said, adding, “But our match against Mat­lama is go­ing to be a tough but en­ter­tain­ing en­counter.”

Notši said his side was feel­ing the pres­sure from the big sides who were clos­ing the gap on them.

“We ex­pected that at some stage the big guns would find their groove but I am sat­is­fied with how the team has per­formed so far.

“I think the play­ers we brought in at the start of the sea­son and those that have been here for some time have helped us be­come a sta­ble and com­pet­i­tive side,” he said, adding there was still room for im­prove­ment.

While Kick­4life have stated on sev­eral oc­ca­sions that their fo­cus was not on win­ning the league, the for­mer Likuena coach how­ever con­ceded that there was grow­ing am­bi­tion within the team, hav­ing tasted how it felt like to be on top of the ta­ble for much of the first round of the cam­paign.

“It is only nat­u­ral, as hu­man be­ings, to want to com­pete for big­ger things es­pe­cially when you know what it feels like to be on top of the ta­ble, but our fo­cus is on im­prov­ing as a team,” said Notši.

For his part, Mat­lama pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer, Tankiso Mo­let­sane said Tse Put­soa’s camp was in high spir­its fol­low­ing their 3-0 de­mo­li­tion of Rovers last week­end.

“We are very de­lighted that the play­ers bounced back in style af­ter a tough week on and off the pitch,” Mo­let­sane said, adding, “It was a re­lief for all of us and we go into the match against Kick­4Life with con­fi­dence very high among the play­ers”.

“The good thing is that our cur­rent care­taker coaches worked as as­sis­tant coaches to the de­parted coach so there was a smooth tran­si­tion when Ntate Moses Maliehe re­signed,” he said.

Mo­let­sane said Mat­lama re­mained a force to be reck­oned with and could mount a strong chal­lenge for the league ti­tle.

“We went through a tough phase, but it is all over now and the tar­get is to col­lect as many points as pos­si­ble.

“The play­ers have the mo­men­tum and will look to con­tinue from where they left off in the 3-0 win over Rovers on Sun­day,” he said.

On Satur­day, Linare host LDF in Ma­put­soe while two strug­gling sides Likhopo and Rovers face off in Maseru.

Cham­pi­ons Li­oli will go head to head with base­ment team Butha Buthe War­riors who re­main the only side with­out a win af­ter ten games.

On Sun­day, Bantu wel­come LCS to Leshoboro sta­dium in Mafeteng in a match that is ex­pected to pro­duce fire­works.

In the other Sun­day matches, Liphakoe face Sky Bat­tal­ion while San­dawana en­ter­tain LMPS in Ma­put­soe. Week­end fix­tures:

Satur­day Mat­lama v Kick­4life Linare v LDF Likhopo v Rovers BB War­riors v Li­oli

Sun­day Liphakoe v Sky Bat­tal­ion Bantu v LCS San­dawana v LMPS

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