Are the wheels off at Kick4Life?

Are the wheels off at Kick4Life?

MASERU – Battered and bruised, Kick4Life are experiencing a difficult start to the Econet Premier League season.
After six games, Kick4Life languish in ninth place on the log with a disappointing six points.
On Sunday, Kick4Life had another afternoon to forget as Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) hammered them 4-0 at the LCS Grounds, the fifth match in a row in which the Old Europa side failed to find the back of the net.

It is not the start to the campaign Bob Mafoso and side envisaged, especially after they beat Lioli 2-1 on the opening day.
Kick4Life came into the season having finished sixth and fourth over the past two years and were viewed as a top four contender again, at least.
However, the team’s attack – without a goal in almost five hours of football – has looked toothless at best and the defence – once the side’s strength – has now conceded five goals in the last two games.

Fortunately for Kick4Life supporters, Mafoso’s charges have a two-week break to regroup thanks to this weekend’s Top 4 Independence Cup which they are not a part of this year.
It is a crucial juncture for Kick4Life as they seek to right their ship before their next league game against Linare on November 3 and Mafoso, who took over as coach in June, believes it is important to remain positive.

Reflecting on Sunday’s loss to LCS, Mafoso insisted the 4-0 final score was not a fair reflection of the game.
“It is always very difficult to say what really went wrong because I do not think we deserved to lose 4-0 even if we did not play well; that is not a good reflection but it happened,” he said.
“We played a very efficient team and they scored each and every chance they created. I think we did not deal with their pace or speed the way we had to, we changed our team coming into the game to match their speed in the midfield but it didn’t work,” he added.

Despite conceding six goals and only scoring two goals in six games Mafoso insisted Kick4Life are not in crisis and have just been unlucky.
He said the changes to the technical team may have affected the players. Mafoso replaced Leslie Notši who left Kick4Life to join Lesotho Football Association (LEFA) as a technical director in June.

Mafoso said the side’s new players are still acclimatising while the team is also trying to adapt to changes to the style of play.
“We played six games and conceded six goals; of course (against LCS) we conceded four in one match but I don’t think we have a crisis just that it was not our day,” Mafoso said.
“The problem is scoring goals and we are still working on that. Defensively, we were where we wanted to be until this game and we realised that there is a problem in defence too. We have to forget about Sunday’s game (against LCS) as soon as possible and move on.”

Nkheli Liphoto

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