Matlama gets early chance to bridge gap

Matlama gets early chance to bridge gap

MASERU-Matlama coach Charles Manda says the defending champions are taking things one game at a time as they battle to save their Econet Premier League title from Bantu’s hands.
‘Tse Putsoa’ are second on the log, seven points behind Bantu having played a game more.

It is a backs-to-the-wall situation and most onlookers are already betting on ‘A Matšo Matebele’ to regain the premiership crown they won in 2017 and 2018.
Matlama’s first chance to bridge the gap in the New Year will come on Sunday in a crunch tie against third-placed Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS).
It is basically a must-win game for Matlama.

Manda said the LCS match is all ‘Tse Putsoa’ are focusing on and not how Bantu do in their fixtures or if other sides can do Matlama a favour by slowing down ‘A Matšo Matebele’.
“For us we are taking it one game at a time, and we are looking at this game and not what other teams are doing,” he said.
“This game is a bit tricky for us, after two weeks break we have only started training and preparing this week and basically we have had to start from the beginning. Everyone is back now, there are no injuries,” the Matlama coach added.

Manda said ‘Tse Putsoa’ need to be consistent with their results from now on.
“Matlama is a big team and teams raise their performances against us because we are big; they could be losing their games 7-0 but when they come up against us they raise their game because they want to show that they are playing the champions, that’s why we have been struggling to get consistency,” he said.

With the January transfer window open and a lot of rumours flying around, Manda said at the moment ‘Tse Putsoa’ have not signed anyone and are still counting on the same group of players.
In other fixtures this weekend, Lioli are away in Butha-Buthe to face Lifofane on Saturday as they bid for a top four finish.
Elsewhere, Likhopo, who are sixth in the Econet Premier League, entertain fourth-placed Linare on Saturday while, on Sunday, Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) host Liphakoe who have just parted ways with head coach Thabo Tsutsulupa after a run of poor results.

Weekend Econet Premier League fixtures:

Saturday (15:30)

Lifofane vs. Lioli (Butha-Buthe)
Lijabatho vs. LMPS (Morija)
Likhopo vs. Linare (LCS)

Sunday (15:30)

Kick4Life vs. Bantu (LCS, 13:30)
LCS vs. Matlama (LCS, 15:30)
LDF vs. Liphakoe (LDF)
Sefotha-fotha vs. Swallows (PTC)

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