Kick4Life turns the corner

Kick4Life turns the corner

MASERU – If it is true there is always light at the end of the tunnel, then Kick4Life are starting to see much brighter.
Winning two Econet Premier League games in a row can have that effect and, after navigating a lean spell, Kick4Life are even daring to set loftier targets.
That is the difference a few weeks can make in football.

Heading into November, the Old Europa side were reeling and on a three-match losing streak with questions starting to be asked of head coach Bob Mafoso.
As the month ends, however, the outlook is different for Kick4Life after Mafoso’s side outclassed Likhopo 3-1 at the Lesotho Correctional Services grounds on Saturday to follow up on a 2-0 beating of Matlama three weeks ago just before the international break.

The wins have duly raised Kick4Life from hovering outside the relegation zone to eighth place in the Econet Premiership and they have Mafoso aiming high for the rest of the campaign.
After finishing fourth and sixth in the past two league seasons, Mafoso is banking on the momentum his team is gathering to guarantee a top six finish, at the minimum.
“We just have to keep on making sure that we work on our negatives so that we perfect all our games,” said Mafoso, who replaced Leslie Notši as Kick4Life coach in June.
“We are taking it one game at a time but, to me, failure would be finishing the league in any position outside the top six. We need to try to be (in the) top six or better than that, we feel we are not far from what is expected.”

Mafoso is correct in that Kick4Life are only three points off Bantu in fourth place which in itself speaks to the unpredictable nature of this 2018/19 season.
Just a month ago, the Old Europa side were in the midst of successive losses to Liphakoe, LCS and Linare. The hope now in Kick4Life’s coaching staff is that the team has turned the corner towards a more consistent upwards trajectory.

“The international break came at the wrong time because we had played well against Matlama but the positive thing is we used it to prepare well for the match against Likhopo,” Mafoso said.
“We come from very difficult times where we were not getting expected results but we have never been in crisis,” he added.
“We never came to a point where we were saying our team is not getting results or blamed them. We had to keep on telling our players to be patient and work hard. Sometimes they were discouraged but it was not a crisis.”

Kick4Life can also look forward to the return of stalwart Bokang Mothoana from injury this week.
The Lesotho international has been vital to the side’s success over the past two years and his comeback, coupled with the form of Kick4Life young players such as Bonang Mohapi and Tšeliso Botsane, gives the side further cause for optimism.

Mohapi scored a brace against Likhopo to take his season tally to three goals and he is part of a young brigade the club hopes will take a step forward this season.
Kick4Life also have a run of winnable games before the Christmas break starting with struggling Swallows this Sunday before games against Majantja and Sefotha-fotha.
Continuing their momentum, as Mafoso puts it, could even see Kick4Life break into the top four by next month’s half-season vacation.

“We won against Matlama and it was important to defeat Likhopo as well. We told our players that we should beat both big and small teams,” Mafoso said.
“Our realistic position will be determined by how other teams are playing. We just want to win all the remaining games so we will see how far we will go,” he added.
“Teams differ but our approach will be the same approach we use every time. The main objective is winning games.”

Nkheli Liphoto

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