Notši buoyant despite injuries

Notši buoyant despite injuries

Maseru – Kick4Life coach Leslie Notši is confident the club can cope with an injury bug that has bitten the team ahead of a busy schedule of games .Kick4Life are in the midst of a marvellous run that has them one point off the lead in the Vodacom Premier League and with one foot in the Lesotho National Insurance Group Top 8 semi-finals after a 5-3 spanking of Sundawana in Sunday’s quarterfinal first leg.

However, the Old Europa side’s treatment room has been busy with a worrying list headlined by Lesotho striker Nkoto Masoabi, who is expected to be out for up to six weeks, and Mukete Mboh who is unavailable for at least a month.
In addition, January signing Likano Teele is doubtful for this weekend’s action while Bokang Mothoana has only just recovered from a niggle.
The injuries come at a critical time for Kick4Life with a date against fourth-placed Sky Battalion next up on Sunday and more high-stake encounters coming thick and fast afterwards.
Nevertheless, Notši believes the players at his disposal will get the job done and says the club’s medical staff is working around the clock to ensure their ailing teammates return to action soon.
“Our striker Nkoto is out for four to six weeks with an injury. Mukete is also out and Bokang is coming back from injury. We have lots of injuries but we believe our medical team is working hard to help the players,” Notši said.

Despite his evidently growing confidence in the strength of his squad, the Kick4Life mentor admitted he is anticipating a tough match against a Sky Battalion outfit chasing a coveted top four spot.
The newly-promoted side have been this season’s surprise package and it is them who handed Kick4Life their first defeat of the campaign with a 3-2 reverse on October 2.
The loss is one of only three Kick4Life have suffered in 16 league games this season.
“We are anticipating a tough match against SK,” Notši said.

“They did very well in the first round and they have a good team. But, we also got what it takes to get maximum points from this game. We will have to double our efforts.”
The former Lesotho coach also applauded Kick4Life’s signing of Thapelo Tale saying the former Likhopo and Lioli striker is a perfect fit for the club.
Tale, who joined last week, scored a brace on his debut in Kick4Life’s 5-3 LNIG Top 8 win over Sundawana on Sunday and Notši said the Likuena international brings qualities that will help the club in the business end of the season.

“His style of play gels with what Kick4Life is all about,” Notši said. “He has determination and hunger, and he is bringing experience.”
Kick4Life’s last six league games:
19-11-2016: Kick4Life 1-0 LDF
26-11-2016: Matlama 1-1 Kick4Life
03-12-2016: Kick4Life 1-2 LMPS
14-01-2017: Butha-Buthe Warriors 1-4 Kick4Life
21-01-2017: Kick4Life 2-0 Sundawana
28-01-2017: Likhopo 1-2 Kick4Life

Kick4Life will face Sky Battalion on the back of a four-match winning streak in all competitions during which they have scored an eye-catching 13 goals.  Notši dedicated the team’s good run to the players and the club’s management. He said the support the team receives from management is the reason morale is so high in the Kick4Life camp.
“Our good run is the end result of players adhering to all football aspects in training,” Notši said.

“Their willingness, hunger to succeed, humility and the commitment they show is the reason behind our good run. Also, the support structure we have is important. The support we get from the management helps us a lot; it adds good value to the club.”
Vodacom Premier League weekend fixtures:
Saturday
Liphakoe vs. Lioli (postponed)
Rovers vs. LMPS (15:00, Roma)
Sunday
Bantu vs. Matlama (15:00, Setsoto Stadium)
LDF vs. LCS (15:00, Ratjomose)
Kick4life vs. Sky Battalion (13:00, LCS)
Likhopo vs. BB Warriors (15:00, LCS)
Linare vs. Sundawana (15:00, Maputsoe DiFA Stadium)

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