Liphakoe out to end poor run

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STRUG­GLING Liphakoe will be hop­ing for a change of for­tunes away to rook­ies Sky Bat­tal­ion in a Vo­da­com Premier League match at Mo­hale’s Hoek DIFA Ground this af­ter­noon.

The Quthing out­fit head into the match on the back of six con­sec­u­tive de­feats and they oc­cupy 11th po­si­tion on the 14-team league ta­ble with 11 points from three wins and two draws in 11 matches.

Sky, on the other hand, are on fifth po­si­tion af­ter five wins, four draws and one loss in 10 matches.

The Tha­bile Secker-coached side played to a goal­less stale­mate with Bantu last week­end in Mafeteng.

Liphakoe coach Teele Ntšonyana on Fri­day told the Sun­day Ex­press that his charges had been un­lucky not to get max­i­mum points as they had been play­ing well so far.

“In terms of per­for­mance I am sat­is­fied but the prob­lem is re­sults are not com­ing our way and that is one thing that needs to be worked on. If we can just get lucky in this game I tell you things will change com­pletely be­cause that is what we have been lack­ing,” Ntšonyana said.

The ma­roon and yel­low out­fit started the sea­son on a high reg­is­ter­ing three straight wins but things took a dif­fer­ent turn.

“We started this sea­son better than the last but we know what dis­tracted the team and since it is an in­ter­nal is­sue I will not dis­cuss it,” he said.

He how­ever promised his side will give ev­ery­thing to beat the highly mo­ti­vated Sky Bat­tal­ion team.

“We will play a very good side that is also mo­ti­vated.

“Their po­si­tion on the ta­ble shows they can­not be un­der­es­ti­mated but at the same time we are also a big team in need of max­i­mum points so we will throw ev­ery­thing at them be­cause we need to get out of this sit­u­a­tion,” Ntšonyana said.

For his part, Secker said they would not un­der­es­ti­mate Liphakoe but give eve- ry­thing to get back to win­ning ways af­ter go­ing two matches with­out tast­ing vic­tory.

“They will come at us like wounded dogs and that makes them dan­ger­ous so we will not un­der­es­ti­mate them.

“Our prepa­ra­tions went well and my boys are more than ready. We also went two matches with­out win­ning so we need to bounce back. We all want to win so this is not go­ing to be an easy match,” said the for­mer Li­oli as­sis­tant coach.

In other league matches to­day, Bantu host LCS at Set­soto Sta­dium and LMPS are away to Butha-Buthe War­riors at Ma­put­soe DIFA Ground.

Liphakoe mid­fielder Mohau Ram­mo­neng (left) lunges at Li­oli mid­fielder obak­eng Modirwa in this file pic.

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