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Sundawaanaundawana coach, Bob Mafoso, saysssays his charges cannot afforda afford any slip-up when they hosthhost Likhopo in a Vodacom Premier League top-fouur top-four finish battle in Maputsoe this affternoon. afternoon. The ButhaButheB Buthe based outfito outfit are fourth on the 14-team table with 35 points while Bantuutu are fifth with 32, and Kick4Liife Kick4Life and Likhopo occupy sixth and seeventh seventh positions with 31 and 30 pointss points respectively. Mafoso on Friday toldt told the Sunday Express they are fightting fighting to finish the season in the top fourr four and could only achieve this mission byy by winning matches. “we are now approacching approaching the end of the season and these are those times when the competition is so high because teams are fighting for different things. we are playing Likhopo on Sunday and we are aware that they also fighting for a top-four finish so we can’t afford any slip-ups because of thhose those sides below us on the table which harbor the same ambition,” Mafoso saaid. said. Sundawana have not been playing in the second roound round of the season and Mafoso saaid said this lethargy should not continuee. continue. “Like I have said,saidd, it has become tougher in the seccond second round but we are lucky becauuse because we collected more points in the firstfi first round. But we have to get maaximum maximum points now so we are going to this match desperatee desperate for a result to cement our placce place on the table,” he said. Mafoso highllightedhighlighted why his charges have struggleds struggled for results in the secoond second round of the campaign. “I think too manny many things happened because when we finished the first round (in December), there were some signs of fatigue among the players. we had a rest during the festive season but unfortunately, we started the second round with matches against the top guns and lost. That really affected us mentally; the confidence was down but we have worked on this now and hopefully, things will be okay.
“The other thing is some key players were out due to injury while others would not be available because of work commitments,” said Mafoso.
He continued: “we have been talking with the players and they now understand what is at stake here. we now go into every match like it is a Cup final because one mistake, we are out of the top-four running. we can’t expect other teams to work for us and win against our competitors; we have to fight our own battles.”
Likhopo interim coach Tšeliso Mofolo also said losing today’s match is out of the question.
“Our preparations were good the whole week and this is an important match for us because we are desperate for points as we are aiming to end the season in at least the top four,” Mofolo said.
“The players are all in good shape and we spoke with them to motivate them after their coach left last week.
“Maximum points is the only thing we need now and we are going all out on Sunday against Sundawana,” said Mofolo.
In other league matches set for today, Bantu welcome relegation-threatened Linare at LCS Ground while Mphatlalatsane face LMPS in a relegation dogfight at Maputsoe dIFa stadium to complete the day’s double-header at the venue.