Titanic battle at LCS

Titanic battle at LCS

Luciah Phahla

Maseru – It’s a battle of the titans at the Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) Grounds on Saturday when Kick4Life host Bantu in a duel for top spot in the Vodacom Premier League.

Kick4Life currently hold first place with nine points after a blistering start.

Leslie Notši’s charges have won all their three games to start the season and lead Bantu on goal difference. ‘A Matšo Matebele’, for their part, are gunning for the premiership title after a dismal 2015/16 campaign in which they finished seventh.

Bantu have started the quest like a house on fire under new coach James Madidilane and on Sunday thumped new boys Butha-Buthe Warriors 4-0.

Spirits, as a result, are sky high in Mafeteng and Bantu communications and marketing manager Motlatsi Mofokeng said the team is raring to face Kick4Life.

He said the Old Europa side is an obstacle in Bantu’s way to the top and they plan to move them.

“If there is a game that we have been preparing and waiting for it is this one against Kick4Life,” Mofokeng told thepost yesterday.

“Yes, we have been playing different games since the season started but this is the game we have been waiting for.”

He added: “Look at their position on the log, look at how they have been playing, it’s not going to be easy but we are determined. If you look back at our games with them last season, (and) the way they are playing, you will realise that this is the team we have to beat.”

Kick4Life completed the double over Bantu last season winning 3-2 in May and 1-0 last December.

Mofokeng said he is not surprised at the start Kick4Life have enjoyed this season.

“I can’t say I am surprised,” he said. “If you look at the way they have been doing their things, they have been signing experienced players and you could see where they wanted to go and it is showing. Besides, they have a very experienced coach. It’s working for them.”

Meanwhile, this weekend provides an early must-win test for last year’s top two, Lioli and Matlama.

Both giants dropped points last weekend in draws with Linare and Liphakoe respectively and both find themselves stuck in the middle of the table.

Champions Lioli are already five points adrift of the top while Matlama trail leaders Kick4Life and Bantu by four points.

Matlama’s test will come in the form of Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) at Pitso Ground on Sunday.

However, ‘Tse Putsoa’ may have to make do without star attacker Jane Thaba-Ntšo who is doubtful for the game after sustaining an injury last Saturday against Liphakoe in Quthing.

Speaking yesterday, Matlama communication and marketing manager Tankiso Moletsane bemoaned missed chances in their draw with Liphakoe.

He vowed Matlama would not repeat the same mistakes as they gun for three points against Sohle-Sohle.

“I think we missed two or three one-on-one chances against Liphakoe, especially in the second half,” Mofokeng told thepost.

“We also made some mistakes that allowed them to equalise and we never came back. But now everything is okay, we have been working on the mistakes we made.”

Vodacom Premier League weekend fixtures:

Saturday

Butha-Buthe Warriors vs. LMPS (Butha-Buthe)

Kick4Life vs. Bantu (Maseru)

Sundawana vs. LCS (Maputsoe DIFA Stadium)

Sunday

Matlama vs. LDF (Pitso Ground)

Likhopo vs. Liphakoe (LCS)

Sky Battalion vs. Lioli (TBC)

Linare vs. Rovers (Maputsoe DIFA Stadium)

Vodacom Premier League standings:

Vodacom Premier League Standings

    P W D L GF GA GD Pts.
1 Kick4Life 3 3 0 0 9 1 8 9
2 Bantu 3 3 0 0 8 1 7 9
3 Liphakoe 3 2 1 0 3 1 2 7
4 LMPS 3 2 1 0 2 0 2 7
5 LCS 3 2 0 1 5 3 2 6
6 Sky Battalion 3 2 0 1 3 3 0 6
7 Matlama 3 1 2 0 3 2 1 5
8 Lioli 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
9 LDF 3 0 2 1 2 3 -1 2
10 Linare 3 0 1 2 2 4 -2 1
11 Sundawana 3 0 1 2 2 4 -2 1
12 Rovers 3 0 1 2 2 5 -3 1
13 Likhopo 3 0 0 3 0 4 -4 0
14 Butha-Buthe Warriors 3 0 0 3 1 11 -10 0

 

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