Bantu turn attention to domestic front

Bantu turn attention to domestic front

MASERU -= After the end of their continental dreams, Econet Premier League champions Bantu return to the bread and butter of domestic league action when they face relegation threatened Galaxy on Saturday. The Mafeteng giants were knocked out of the CAF Confederation Cup on Sunday after a 2-1 loss away to Nigerian side Enugu Rangers.
The defeat sent ‘A Matšo Matebele’ packing from the competition with a 4-2 aggregate loss after a 2-1 first leg defeat in Maseru two weeks ago.

Bantu had dropped into the second tier CAF Confederation Cup after being knocked out of the CAF Champions League by the Democratic Republic of Congo’s AS Vita Club in December.
Despite being far removed the glamour of travelling to DRC or Nigeria, Saturday’s match-up against lowly Galaxy takes up similar importance for James Madidilane’s side.
After their African adventures, Bantu find themselves five matches behind most sides in the Econet Premier League.

In their absence from league action, the Mafeteng side have dropped to seventh place with 19 points from 10 games and have serious catching up to do.
However, Bantu still have a shot of defending their title.
Although they are 14 points behind league leaders Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS), ‘A Matšo Matebele’ have five games in hand on ‘Masheshena’ meaning Bantu can get right back into the title race with a run of wins.

That is why Saturday’s game against Galaxy is a must-win.
Bantu will also be grateful that, after all the travelling they have endured in their CAF journey over the past two months, their return to the Econet Premiership is against a struggling side which may give the champions an opportunity to rest players and rotate their squad.
The clash is scheduled to take place at Setsoto Stadium.

Bantu’s opponents are rooted to the bottom of the top-flight and are favourites to go back down to the A-Division. Galaxy have eight points from 14 games and go into Saturday’s match against the champions as heavy underdogs.

In other Econet Premier League games this weekend, Lioli host Swallows on Saturday in Teyateyaneng looking to make it three wins a row as they seek to claw their way back into the top four.
Elsewhere, second-placed Matlama will look to carry on the momentum of last weekend epic win over LCS when they travel to face Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) on Sunday.

Tlalane Phahla

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