Mahlaha wary of Majantja

Mahlaha wary of Majantja

Maseru – Lioli head coach Halemakale Mahlaha is unhappy with his side’s start to the 2017/18 Econet Premier League campaign despite their perfect record of three wins from three games. ‘Tse Nala’ — who finished second behind Bantu last season — have collected nine points, scoring seven goals and only conceding once.

Already, Lioli have claimed the notable scalps of Sundawana, Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) and Kick4Life.
However, because of goal difference, the 2016 champions once again find themselves adrift of Bantu on the log.
“I am not happy with the way we have started the season,” Mahlaha said. “Yes, we are winning but we are also missing a lot of chances and this might affect us going forward in our quest for the league title.”

“We don’t want to win the title by goal difference, we want to win it by points but we also don’t want to put ourselves in a situation where we are missing out because of goal difference.” Lioli’s next league assignment is a tricky tie against Majantja at the Lesotho Correctional Service grounds on Saturday and Mahlaha admitted he is wary of the in-form Mohale’s Hoek outfit.

The Econet Premier League newcomers are also undefeated having made a strong start to life in the top-flight.
In their opening game three weeks ago Majantja shocked Linare 1-0 in Maputsoe and then beat Sky Battalion by the same score. This past Sunday, they again upset the odds by holding Likhopo to a 1-1 draw.

Mahlaha called Majantja a “closed book” saying he has not had time to watch the premiership new boys this season.
“It is not an easy game at all,” Mahlaha insisted. “You could say they are a closed book. I haven’t been able to watch them play, to study them and learn their style of play because our games have been played on the same day. But we are a big team and normally when you play small teams, their players always want to prove a point against your players,” he added.
One continued positive for Mahlaha is a relatively healthy squad.
However, the Lioli boss confirmed the news that key midfielder Jerry Kamela will be out of action for at least two months after suffering an injury in training two weeks ago. The Lesotho international has already missed the side’s last two games, against LDF and Kick4Life.
Heading into this weekend there are also slight doubts over key players Tšoanelo Koetle and Montoeli Sonopo but Lioli could welcome back star attackers Tumelo Khutlang and Lekhanya Lekhanya, a prospect which will delight many in Teyateyaneng.
“Kamela is out for a long time. Montoeli and Tšoanelo also have injuries but I can’t say they won’t play this weekend at the moment, I will make that decision on Friday,” Mahlaha said.
“We are also welcoming back Khutlang and Lekhanya,” he added. “They have both resumed training with the team. They are available for selection so it’s just a matter of making a decision.”

Weekend Fixtures:
Lioli vs. Majantja (LCS, 15:00)
Kick4Life vs. LCS (LCS, 13:00)
Likhopo vs. Matlama (TBC)
LDF vs. Sefotha-fotha (Ha Ratjomose)
Sky Battalion vs. Liphakoe (TBC)
Linare vs. Bantu
Sundawana vs. LMPS
(Times and venues subject to change)
Econet Premier League standings:

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