Fireworks in Maputsoe

Fireworks in Maputsoe

MASERU – Matlama coach Mosito Matela says ‘Tse Putsoa’ are determined to return to winning ways this weekend when they take on fellow Econet Premier League title hopefuls Lioli.  The mouth-watering clash is scheduled for Saturday at the Maputsoe DIFA Ground with both sides desperate for all three points.

Matlama are second on the premiership log with 29 points from 15 games while Lioli are third with 26 points though they have played a game less.
With Bantu running away with 33 points at the top, both ‘Tse Putsoa’ and ‘Tse Nala’ need a win to keep pace and neither can afford a repeat of the goalless draw between the sides when they met in the first round in January.
Matela acknowledged as much and insisted Matlama are going for all three points when they meet their rivals from Teyateyaneng.
Matela said ‘Tse Putsoa’ are cooking up a special plan for Lioli to welcome new coach Morena Ramorebodi.

“I can’t tell you the plan but we do have a new plan for them, as you can see they also changed their coach (in January),” Matela said.
“But had they not changed a coach, we would probably come with the same plan because we know them but now they have changed the way they play. But that doesn’t mean we are going to focus on them, they are the ones who have to focus on us, all we have to do is to manage them,” he added.
Matela said he expects a free-flowing game between two clubs that are traditionally known for attractive football.

“We are anticipating an open game, as Matlama we play an open game, we pass the ball and play the ball on the ground,” he said.
“Our transition also needs to be fast and happen in time and be correct; our defence has to be good,” Matela added.

Matlama go into the game looking to bounce back from consecutive losses – a 1-0 defeat to Kick4Life in the Lesotho National Insurance Group (LNIG) Top 8 last weekend and a shock loss to Likhopo by the same scoreline in the league a week before.
The Pitso Ground outfit simply can’t afford a three-game losing streak in over a year as they cling to hopes of ending a trophy drought that started in 2010.

“If you look at the game we played this past weekend (against Kick4Life) we missed about nine goals which means our finishing is a little poor, so we have to work on our finishing,” Matela said.  “We also have to work on our defence because we conceded in five minutes after the game started (against Kick4Life). That means the way we defend is not good.”

With the Econet Premier League season hurtling towards its climax, a win for Matlama or Lioli would give champions Bantu – who will sit out this weekend’s action – something to think about.
And both coaches know it.
Weekend Fixtures:
Saturday (15:00)

Likhopo vs. Liphakoe (Ratjomose)
Kick4Life vs. Sefothafotha (LCS)
Lioli vs. Matlama (Maputsoe DIFA Ground)

Sunday (15:00)
Sky Battalion vs. Linare (LCS)
LDF vs. LMPS (Ratjomose)
Majantja vs. LCS (Mohale’s Hoek)

Nkheli Liphoto

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