Mahlaha to unleash ‘secret weapon’

Mahlaha to unleash ‘secret weapon’

MASERU – Likhopo coach Halemakale Mahlaha is hoping to unleash three new faces when his charges face in-form Kick4Life at the Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) Ground on Sunday.

The two teams clash in the Econet Premier League with the 12th-placed ‘Red Army’ buoyed after scrapping to a valiant 1-1 draw with fourth-placed Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) last weekend.
Mahlaha said Likhopo have been re-energised by the LDF result and have already started plotting Kick4Life’s downfall.

His secret weapon, he hopes, will be three players that Likhopo plan to have signed and registered by the weekend.
Mahlaha, who took charge of the ‘Red Army’ in November, refused to reveal the players’ names but they will hopefully boost Likhopo.
The 2005 and 2006 league winners are second from bottom in the Econet premiership with only 10 points from 13 matches and have the league’s second worst defence having shipped 19 goals.

Mahlaha also expressed concern over his side’s low conversion rate with Likhopo having scored just 10 goals at an average of 0.77 goals per game – the third worst mark in the division.

“It is going to be tough game against Kick4Life, it is experience against energy so it is going to be a difficult game to play,” Mahlaha said. “We are finding it difficult to score goals but at least we are getting one goal here and there. What we need to do right now is to learn how to defend our goal.”
Fortunately for Likhopo, only one side will be relegated this season because the top-flight is down to 13 teams thanks to last November’s expulsion of Sundawana.

The one side behind them is Sky Battalion and they are 15 points adrift.
Likhopo, nevertheless, will be looking for payback when they meet Kick4Life. When the sides met in the first round Kick4Life claimed all the points with a 1-0 victory.

Kick4Life, for their part, jumped to fifth place on the log with a 2-0 win over Sky Battalion last Saturday and are in high spirits. The Old Europa outfit have played two league games in 2018 and are yet to taste defeat.

Luciah Phahla

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