Matlama face Sky Battalion test
FORMER champions Matlama’s title ambitions will receive a stern tested from stubborn rookies Sky Battalion when the teams clash in a Vodacom Premier League match in Mohale’s Hoek on Saturday.
The new boys are ahead of Matlama by a single point in the log standings. Despite their inconsistent performances this season, Tse Putsoa’s leading marksman Motebang Sera told the Lesotho Times that his side were gunning for the league title.
“While we have not been at our best in recent matches and must improve against Battalion, it is however still too early to press the panic button,” Sera said this week.
The striker who won the golden boot award last season, said there was still time for the country most successful side to catch up with the top three teams, Lioli, Kick4life and Bantu.
“It is too early for people to write us off. We also had a slow start last season but at the end we were there in the run-in for the title.
“We just have to put in more work to get maximum points. We have a good team to compete for the championship which just needs to develop a winning mentality,” he said.
Sera began the season with a dry spell, going five games without scoring but he has since rediscovered the killer instinct and scored five times.
“If you look the goal scoring charts, I have now netted five times which is just three goals shy of the leading goal scorer (Kick4life’s Thabiso Brown) and if I keep scoring, I will defend my crown,” he said, adding he expected an improved second half of the campaign.
For his part, Sky Battalion coach Thabile Secker said his troops were well aware of the difficult task against Matlama but they hoped to stage another giant killing act on Saturday.
“We have been hard at work to get the three points on Saturday, but we know it will not be easy,” Secker said.
“Matlama are a big side with a big history and playing them is never easy but our boys have kept their feet on the ground and we have continued to do well in our first season of top flight football”.
Secker, who featured for Matlama, LCS and Lioli during his playing days, said their target was to preserve their premier league status and a top eight finish would be a bonus.
In the other match at LCS on Saturday, Kick4life will hope to return to winning ways against inconsistent LMPS to reclaim top spot from Lioli who will only be in action on Sunday.
Struggling Likhopo and Linare face off in the last match on Saturday while on Sunday, defending champions Lioli play LCS at LCS Ground.
Tse Nala have been unstoppable in their last three matches, scoring a whopping 13 goals in the process.
LCS head into the match on the back of a 1-2 loss to Bantu last Sunday.
Liphakoe host title-chasing Bantu in Quthing in a match that the third-placed A Matšo Matebele need to win to keep up with the top two teams.
In the last two Sunday matches, Rovers play Sandawana while LDF take on winless Butha Buthe Warriors at Ratjomose Barracks. Weekend fixtures: Saturday Likhopo v Linare Kick4life v LMPS Sky Battalion v Matlama Sunday Liphakoe v Bantu Rovers v Sandawana LDF v Butha Buthe Warriors LCS v Lioli
Matlama striker Motebang Sera (right) is closely watched by LCS defender Poloko Mohale during a league match - File pic.