Mat­lama face Sky Bat­tal­ion test

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

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.

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