Clash of the ti­tans as Bantu, LCS meet

Sunday Express - - Sport -

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.

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