Matlama  itching for action

Matlama itching for action

MASERU – Matlama coach Charles Manda says he is looking forward to seeing his side back in action when they face Sefotha-fotha at Setsoto Stadium on Sunday.
‘Tse Putsoa’ took last weekend off thanks to Lesotho’s CAF 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier against Zimbabwe on Sunday which involved several Matlama players.
The champions had been scheduled to play Bantu but the much-anticipated tie was postponed.
Instead, Matlama return to action this weekend with a tricky fixture against Sefotha-fotha looking to continue the momentum from their 6-0 thumping of Swallows in their opening game of the season two weekends ago.

Speaking to thepost on Tuesday, Manda said the enforced break has hampered Matlama’s momentum and forced his side to “start from scratch.”
The Malawian coach said he hopes ‘Tse Putsoa’ can maintain the roaring start to their title defence against a challenging opponent that played Matlama tough last season including a 1-1 draw a year ago.

“Our players are back from the national team, last weekend we didn’t play and that killed the momentum of the team so we are starting again,” Manda said.
“We are the champions so any team that comes our way will come very strong at us, so we have to devise some strategies of how we are going to approach this Sunday’s game.”

Manda said every game is different and not every match will produce a high scoring rate but he hopes Matlama continue to score a lot of goals as they will count for something at the end of the campaign.
For now Matlama will be behind in the games column until their tie with Bantu is rescheduled. The positive is that the champions are fresh and Manda said his side will be in full health against Sefotha-fotha.

“I am happy with the goals (we scored against Swallows) but it differs according to opponents and we are playing a different opponent now, but that is what we would like to see. We want to score more goals because at the end of the season goals are going to be very important, so we are pushing the guys to score a lot of goals,” Manda said.

“Everybody is available for selection I am looking forward to the game; it will be a good game altogether on Sunday,” he added
In other fixtures, Lioli will be looking to secure their first win of the season when they face Swallows on Saturday at the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) ground.

‘Tse Nala’ are struggling to take-off this term after playing to a goalless draw with Kick4Life at home on Sunday and new coach Thabile Secker is already under early pressure.
Saturday’s game against a Swallows side without a win presents Lioli an opportunity to bounce back and get their season rolling. Bantu are also in action on Saturday as they face Liphakoe in a southern derby that will be played in Maputsoe.

Tlalane Phahla

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