Notši expects tough fight

Notši expects tough fight

MASERU – Kick4Life head coach Leslie Notši says he is expecting a difficult challenge from Econet Premier League newcomers Sefotha-fotha when the Old Europa outfit kick off their 2018 league action this weekend. Kick4Life sit seventh in the Econet premiership having collected 15 points from their 10 games so far this season and, speaking yesterday, Notši said he is expecting a tough day out against the plucky new boys who lie in tenth place.

Notši, however, added Kick4Life are determined to continue where they left off at the end of the first round. Kick4Life ended 2017 with back-to-back wins – 3-0 over Linare and 2-1 against Liphakoe – to rise to seventh in the league after a slow start. “We are expecting a tough game, Sefotha-fotha has been doing well but we are also going all out and continue where we left off last season,” Notši said.

“It is important to us as Kick4Life to get back in the mix of things when it comes to the top four and top eight. It is our duty to see to it that we are consistent.” Last season Kick4Life finished a surprising fourth leading to media predictions of a possible title challenge this term but the Old Europa side started the 2017/18 campaign with one win from their opening five games. However, their recent upturn in form – three wins in their last five games – has raised hope in Old Europa that Kick4Life have turned the corner. Notši said Kick4Life go into this weekend’s game with a clean health bill and no suspensions as they look to kick-start their season, especially after enduring several frustrating postponements of games.

The latest was on Sunday when their Econet premiership clash against Majantja was not played because there were no referees available.
“It is one of those tricky moments but I guess we just have to deal it in a manner where we need to play around it. We (as the coaching staff) have to be there psychologically to help the players stay focused,” Notši said.

“We also have to plan well as the technical team. We have to encourage the players that if you are not playing you have to work harder so that when the games come they we should be prepared and make sure we are very competitive and get maximum points.”
Notši continued: “The pressure will always be there, but we try by all means not to put ourselves under any pressure. We are aware that being in a competitive league you always have to be better, I think we are ready. The players are all fine and they are approaching this match with a clean bill (of health).”

On the subject of bolstering his squad during the January transfer window, Notši said Kick4Life are particularly looking to improve their striking department before the end of the month. Notši, though, added he was impressed with the team’s scoring form in their two games before Christmas break in which they scored five goals.

“We want to beef up our attacking department, hopefully everything will go well and we have a competitive team,” Notši said.
“We are on the right track,” he added. “If you look at the last two matches before Christmas we scored two goals against Liphakoe and three goals against Linare. I think we will just take it from where we left off and continue.”

Luciah Phahla

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