LDF aim for glory

Sunday Express - - SPORT -

LDF coach Motheo Mo­hapi is con­fi­dent that the off-sea­son ac­qui­si­tions will add vi­tal­ity to his age­ing squad of last sea­son as he works to bring back the glory days to the side that last won the league ti­tle in the 2004/05 sea­son.

LDF who are sixth on the 14team Econet Pre­mier League stand­ings have so far played four matches, win­ning two and los­ing the same num­ber.

They are the sec­ond most suc­cess­ful team in the pre­mier league with eight league ti­tles to their name, one less than Mat­lama.

They ac­quired 12 play­ers dur­ing the off-sea­son who are yet to fea­ture for the army side as they had to first un­dergo train­ing as LDF em­ploy­ees.

The play­ers are striker, Thabo Mon­gali and goal­keeper, Te­boho Rat­i­bisi (for­merly of Likhopo), mid­fielder, Tšepo Toloane (Liphakoe) and striker Tha­bang Rabi, (LCS), Let­latsa Moshoeshoe (Linare).

Morena Moloi (San­dawana), Le­bona Male­banye (Ma­jan­tja), Ntl­hoki Ntl­hoki ( Manonyane), Le­bo­hang Kekhe­mane (Linare), Khaolo Mo­holeng (B Di­vi­sion), Tu­misang Khu­bet­soana (CCX) and Thabo Kori (BB War­riors) also joined.

Mo­hapi said the play­ers had since com­pleted their train­ing and linked up with the rest of the team.

“We couldn’t start the league with them be­cause they had to com­plete their train­ing but they are back in the team and cop­ing well,” Mo­hapi said, adding the new­com­ers had brought en­ergy and im­proved com­pe­ti­tion within the club.

“New play­ers will do ev­ery­thing to break into the first team and the old ones will work even harder to keep their places.

“That is good and healthy com­pe­ti­tion which the team needs and it is only a mat­ter of time be­fore we be­come the team to beat.

“We have pre­pared well and we just need to ap­ply our­selves in the league matches.”

He fur­ther said the ti­tle race was still wide open and they could still win it de­spite their some­what stut­ter­ing start.

“We have played four matches and col­lected six points which is not re­ally bad. The league is still open and any­thing can hap­pen be­cause there is only a six point gap be­tween us and the log lead­ers who will play us af­ter two matches.

“Li­oli are sec­ond but there are only four points sep­a­rat­ing us.

“So we need to work hard and take LDF back to where it used to be among the coun­try’s best, not just a mid­dle table team,” Mo­hapi said.

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