Fireworks at Setsoto

Fireworks at Setsoto

. . . as LCS locks horns with Matlama…..

MASERU-It’s not a title decider, but it definitely promises to be the game of the season so far when Econet Premier League leaders Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) lock horns with second-placed Matlama on Saturday at Setsoto Stadium.
The two sides are fiercely contesting the league title and a win for either team would be a huge momentum boost in the race for the championship.

LCS lead with 33 points from 14 matches while Matlama are second with 29 points after 13 games and ‘Tse Putsoa’ head coach Thabile Secker says he is anticipating a difficult game on Saturday.
He says LCS will do whatever they can to win the game but it is important for Matlama to halt their rival’s momentum and reduce the gap at the top to just one point.

LCS are on a four-game winning streak and it will take a lot from Matlama to stop them, but Secker is unfazed and says ‘Tse Putsoa’ are going to attack from the first minute and will not sit back.
“We are expecting a tough game this weekend because we know that the top teams will do whatever it takes to win,” Secker told thepost.

“But, just like them, we also need those three points to remain in the title race and we will make sure we get them. We really need those three points. However, even if (LCS) were to win, it is still early to determine the team that is going to win the league, we still have games in hand,” he added.
Secker said Matlama, who are winners of four of their past five league games, are raring to go. ‘Tse Putsoa’ are on the hunt for their first league championship since 2010.

“Our plan is to attack them from the onset,” Secker said. “We are not going to sit back and defend. We believe the best way to defend is to attack. We have a few injuries that I can’t talk about because we are yet to confirm if those injured (players) will be available this weekend.”

Over the last few years LCS, who haven’t won the league title since 2012, have come close to winning silverware but have tended to crumble when the pressure has reached boiling point, a case in point being their Lesotho National Insurance Group (LNIG) Top 8 final losses to Lioli in 2016 and 2017.

However, ‘Masheshena’ have never had an opportunity to win the league like the one they have this season with Lioli firing blanks, Bantu preoccupied with CAF competitions and Matlama casually dropping points every now and then.
In other games this weekend, Kick4Life, who are now on a six-match winning streak, are up against Sefotha-fotha.
Kick4Life started the season slowly but their fortunes changed before Christmas break with a 2-0 win over Matlama.
Bob Mafoso’s side have won every game since then and have clawed their way into the top four, something that seemed impossible three months ago.

Nkheli Liphoto

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