Maile fan­cies Bantu’s ti­tle chances

Sunday Express - - SPORT -

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.

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