LCS piles pressure on Matlama

LCS piles pressure on Matlama

MASERU – Matlama coach Thabile Secker admits ‘Tse Putsoa’ are under pressure after an almost month-long break from Econet Premier League action and an abrupt slip from top spot.
The Pitso Ground side were forced to sit out last weekend’s slate of games after their match against Bantu was postponed due to the Mafeteng’s side CAF Champions League tie against Township Rollers on Tuesday in Botswana.

In addition to the recent international break, it means Secker’s side haven’t kicked a ball since November 11 when they suffered a shock 2-0 loss to Kick4Life which ended Matlama’s unbeaten start to the season.

While they have been away others have made hay and Matlama have fallen behind new league leaders Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS).
‘Tse Putsoa’ are second on the log with 17 points from eight games while LCS are top with 20 points, though ‘Masheshena’ have played a game more.
Matlama coach Thabile Secker admitted LCS’s 2-1 win over Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) on Sunday has put ‘Tse Putsoa’ under pressure to win their games in order to stay in the title race.

“Of course, it puts us under pressure, we are not playing and other teams are playing and collecting points,” Secker said.
“You see LCS is collecting points and what we are doing now is chasing them. Yes, we may have a game in hand, but it doesn’t mean it is three points (in the bag). We are under pressure and chasing (LCS),” he added.

Unfortunately for Matlama, they will have to wait longer to return to action because their heavyweight Econet Premier League tie against rivals Lioli originally set for Sunday has been postponed because ‘Tse Putsoa’ have several players in the Lesotho Under-20 squad for the 2018 MOPANI Copper Mines COSAFA Under-20 Championships which will be staged in Kitwe, Zambia from Sunday until December 14.

Weekend fixtures:
Saturday:

LCS vs. Sefotha-fotha (15:00, LCS)
Liphakoe vs. LMPS 15:00, Quthing Pitso Ground)
Linare vs. LDF (15:00, DiFA Maputsoe)

Sunday:
Galaxy vs. Majantja (15:00, DiFA Maputsoe)

Luciah Phahla

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