Clash of the titans as Bantu, LCS meet
LCS could not have asked for a tougher assignment in their quest to return to winning ways when they host champions, Bantu in an Econet Premier League at LCS Ground this afternoon.
The Mpitsa Marai-coached outfit last won a match on 5 November beating struggling Sky Battalion 1-0 before the international break.
LCS head into today’s match on the back of a 1-all stalemate with tabletopping, Lioli, in Teyateyaneng last week. Defender, Motiki Mohale rescued a point for them when he cancelled out Tšoanelo Koetle’s opener for Lioli from the penalty spot.
Masheshena are sixth on the 14-team table with 15 points from nine matches.
Their opponents are on a high after beating Majantja 3-1 in Mohale’s Hoek. This helped them to recover from the 1-0 loss that was inflicted by Kick4Life prior to the international break.
Marai said this afternoon’s encounter was a tough challenge but they were ready and determined to win.
“It is going to be a big match for us but then again I have always maintained that there are no easy matches as any team can surprise you,” Marai said.
“But we are prepared and our aim is to win.
“Playing teams like Bantu is a motivation in itself and winning would a great moral boost.”
The former Likuena defender, who had a spell as Bantu assistant coach, said this counted for nothing and his charges just needed to stay focused.
“Yes I worked with them three years back but there been so many changes at Bantu and so we don’t have any advantage over them. I have watched them playing and I believe and hope my charges will work hard to win this match.”
For his part, Bantu mentor, James Madidilane, described LCS as tough opponents who always gave them a tough time.
“This is not going to be an easy fixture because LCS are a tough team.
“They are one of the good sides especially when it comes to defending and they can also be dangerous when going forward so we have done our homework and our drills.
“We can’t afford to take them for granted as they always give us a tough time but we thoroughly prepared for this match and hopefully we will walk away with maximum points,” Madidilane said.
Bantu have been dealt a blow by injuries to the midfield duo of Hlompho Kalake and Pheko Molaoa.
Madidilane however, said he believed he had enough arsenal at his disposal to do the job.
In other matches today, Majantja face Matlama at Ratjomose while LMPS host Likhopo at the PTC Ground.