Notši braces for Bantu showdown

Notši braces for Bantu showdown

Maseru – Kick4Life coach Leslie Notši is relishing Saturday’s showdown against league champions Bantu which kicks off this year’s Independence Cup. Kick4Life will be making their first appearance in the annual showpiece thanks to a blistering 2016/17 campaign in which they finished amongst the league’s top four for the first time in the club’s history.

And, speaking on Wednesday, Notši said his charges are raring to go and are ready for the battle against ‘A Matšo Matebele’. “All the teams in this tournament are worthy of the championship and I am aware we have a mountain to climb in order to reach the final, but I am hopeful the players can rise to the occasion and show character,” Notši said.

Kcik4Life can look towards their 1-0 league win over Bantu last year for motivation. Notši said he is hopeful his team can repeat those heroics and go all the way in this year’s Independence Cup which also features past winners Lioli and Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS).

“It is a different ball game and our approach is different, we are going for it,” Notši revealed. “We will not sit back and wait. We want to create goal-scoring opportunities, take them and just enjoy the game.” “Bantu are a very good team with depth in terms of talent and we are looking forward to the challenge,” he added. “We have already played against Lioli in the league, they are one of the toughest teams (in the league) and it has prepared us for this game.”

While for big clubs such as Bantu, Lioli and LCS it is demanded by their fans to always finish in the league’s top four, for Kick4Life playing in the Independence Cup is a milestone and an achievement. Kick4Life football director Chris Bullock said the club has made giant strides since their promotion to the top-flight in 2014. He said being amongst Lesotho’s top four teams is a reflection of the Old Europa side’s ambitions.
The next step is to capture the club’s first silverware.

“When we go into any tournament we always go with an intention to win it,” Bullock said. “All the top three teams (Bantu, Lioli and LCS) are very experienced. This is an achievement for us and we are very proud of the team. We have come a long way and this is a reflection of where we want to go.”

Independence Cup fixtures:
Saturday
Semi-finals:
Kick4Life vs. Bantu (13:00)
LCS vs. Lioli (15:00)

Sunday
Third place play-off (13:00)
Final (15:00)

Luciah Phahla

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