Matlama in no nonsense mood

Matlama in no nonsense mood

MASERU – Matlama coach Thabile Secker said the log leaders cannot afford to take Galaxy lightly as they make a charge towards the Econet Premier League title.
With four games left in the season, ‘Tse Putsoa’ are five points clear of champions Bantu in second place and the two sides clash next Saturday in a potential title decider.
However, before that ‘Tse Putsoa’ have to take care of business against 12th-placed Galaxy on Saturday.
It is the classic case of a potential banana skin where a top team overlooks a seemingly smaller hurdle, especially for Matlama where excitement is exploding at the prospect of capturing a first league crown since 2010.
Secker, though, insisted anything can still happen before the season climaxes and he warned his side to remain focused.

“We are not getting ahead of ourselves, the most important thing is to continue doing what we have been doing since the beginning of the season and win all our games,” Secker said.
In their last outing Matlama did just that and in impressive fashion, too.
On Monday, ‘Tse Putsoa’ recorded their biggest victory of the campaign as they lashed Majantja 5-0 at Setsoto Stadium thanks to Motebang Sera’s brace and goals each from Jane Thaba-Ntšo, Phafa Tšosane and Lehlomela Ramabele.
The win was Matlama’s fourth in a row and their 10th in the last 11 games as they seek a record 10th premier league title.

However, despite their hot streak making them clear favourites against Galaxy, Secker said Saturday’s match will not be a walk in the park for ‘Tse Putsoa’.
Galaxy are still hunting for points to secure their Econet Premier League survival and have plenty to play for themselves.
Secker admitted the Maputsoe side will present a totally different challenge to Majantja and, of course, the underdogs have already shown Matlama they pack a bite having held ‘Tse Putsoa’ to a surprise goalless draw when the sides met last October in the first round of the season.
“To prepare for any game one can do the same thing, but the approach will differ according to the type of team we are playing,” Secker said.

“Majantja and Galaxy are two different teams and because we now know how (Galaxy) play, (and) we will have to prepare ourselves well to beat them. We have watched them play and we know them and know how they play.”
Key again for Matlama will be their strike-force which has now struck 13 goals in the last four outings, an impressive rate of over three goals per game.
Secker, however, said he will be fine with just three points.
He said Matlama have reached the stage of the season where only results matter.
“It is important that we keep the players focused on their jobs,” Secker said.

“I am regularly in touch with them, talking, sharing ideas and reminding them what is important. It is ideal to talk as a team and not as individuals.”
“We scored five goals against Majantja and that is the biggest score we managed this season,” he added.
“That was because of our players’ determination and the fact that they really know what they want. However, goals come second; we play for three points because we might say we are playing for goals and then fail to score even one. We want points and that is it.”

Nkheli Liphoto


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