Matlama seek revenge

Matlama seek revenge

MASERU – It is the grand finale of the 2017/18 Econet Premier League season on Sunday and this year’s campaign will close with a bang as Matlama welcome champions Bantu to Setsoto Stadium.  All the final day matches are set to start at 3pm and Matlama say they are ready to battle Bantu.
‘Tse Putsoa’ go into the game having already secured a top four spot regardless of Sunday’s result while Bantu have clinched back-to-back titles.
The match is a rematch of last month’s Lesotho National Insurance Group Top 8 where ‘Tse Putsoa’ pipped ‘A Matšo Matebele’ to the trophy and the Mafeteng giants will be looking for revenge.

Heading into Sunday’s mouth-watering clash Matlama head coach Mosito Matela, who took charge of the team in October, declared this a successful season for ‘Tse Putsoa’ and he said he hopes things only get better from here. “I arrived in the middle of the season so I will describe this year as a successful because we have a cup and we also qualified for the top four after a couple of years where Matlama could not reach the top four,” he said.
One area Matlama has struggled with is scoring goals but Matela said he believes what is important right now is being among the top finishers in the league.

“Goals do not matter that much as long as we have secured our top four spot,” Matela said.  “We also want to beat Bantu and make sure we keep that third position so that we get better prize (money). I did not arrange this team myself, I found it as it is. Next season I will be in charge and I will do whatever it takes to ensure that Matlama have good goalscorers,” he added. Matela said Sunday’s showdown is not about three points but bragging rights between Maseru and Mafeteng.

“The game against Bantu is no longer about points at this stage, it is the kind of game that is going to determine who really rules football in Lesotho at the district level between Matlama and Bantu,” he said. Meanwhile, Likhopo will not be in action this weekend. They have played all their matches and are just waiting for the end of season promotional play-offs against the two A-Division clubs that finished second in their respective streams – Ketane and Lithabaneng Golden – to decide who will play in the Econet Premier League next season.

In other high profile matches on the final day, Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) will welcome Lioli to the Police Training College (PTC) Ground while Lesotho Defence Force (LDF), who are hoping to secure an Independence Cup spot, will be away to relegated Sky Battalion.

Weekend fixtures (3pm):
Liphakoe vs Majantja (Quthing)

LMPS vs Lioli (PTC)
Sefotha-fotha vs LCS (LCS)
Linare vs Kick4Life (Maputsoe)
Matlama vs Bantu (Setsoto Stadium)
Sky Battalion vs LDF (Ha Ratjomose)
(Venues subject to change)

Nkheli Liphoto

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