Maile fancies Bantu’s title chances
VETERAN Bantu defender, Tlali Maile is confident they will emerge with maximum points away to Sandawana at Maputsoe DiFA Ground this afternoon.
Bantu head into the match with high expectations of a win that would leave them just one match away from claiming their second league title.
The Mafeteng outfit leapfrogged Lioli into the pole position after last weekend’s 3-1 win over Sky Battalion a courtesy of a brace from Hlompho Kalake and another from Lazola Tjokotjokwana.
However, Sandawana will not be pushovers as they are also coming from a morale-boosting first win under new coach Antonio Jesus Flores.
They beat relegated Butha-Buthe Warriors last weekend.
“We have reached a very tough stage of the league and with only two matches to go, Lioli are breathing heavily down our necks with only two points separating us,” Maile said ahead of the clash.
“The pressure is certainly there but what is important is how we deal with it because it is part of the game.
“We had a good week and the boys have been training hard and we are ready for Sandawana and we will not be settle for anything less than three points.”
The stocky defender said Lioli had a superior goal difference which made it imperative for Bantu to win their remaining two matches to claim the title.
“We must fight until our last breath to win the title and stop looking at other teams because it is all up to us and there is no team that will do the work for us.”
He said they could not keep conceding goals in every match and expect to win titles.
“That is one of the elements we need to work on and fortunately we always have meetings as players and discuss such things and share experiences.
“Our 2012/13 experience where we choked with five matches to go and lost the title came in handy this season and we don’t want that to happen again. Every player knows what is expected of them.”
Sandawana defender Johannes Molapo who will be making his return from suspension after his red card against Rovers three weeks ago, said they were ready for Bantu as they were eying a top eight finish.
“It will not be easy match but we have a good head to head record against Bantu.
“We are also eying a top eight finish so it is a must win match for us,” Molapo said.
The talented defender said they had prepared well by taking part in a mini tourna- ment in Clarence, South Africa where they lost in the final on penalties against the Free Sate Stars reserve side team.
In other league matches today, Linare host Liphakoe in the second match of the double header set for Maputsoe DIFA Ground.
Fifth placed Sky Battalion continue their quest for a top four finish with a tricky tie against LMPS at LCS Ground while LDF host third placed Kick4Life at Ratjomose Ground.
BANTU defender Tlali Maile pushes the ball as Matlama midfielder Phafa Tšosane closes in.