Notši relishes Lioli battle

Notši relishes Lioli battle

Maseru – Kick4Life coach Leslie Notši is relishing the prospect of Sunday’s mouth-watering Econet Premier League clash against Lioli at Setsoto Stadium. The two teams lock horns looking to maintain their perfect starts to the season.
Lioli have cruised to victories in their opening two games without conceding a goal.

Kick4Life, on the other hand, played their first match of the campaign last Saturday and ran out 1-0 winners over Likhopo. It was a typically efficient display which highlighted the Old Europa side’s potential to contest for silverware.
Like any maturing contender, a title challenge by Kick4Life – in their third year amongst the big boys – is entirely possible.
Last season Kick4Life finished fourth in the league and, having had a year of experiencing what it takes to be in the championship stakes, they have been touted as dark-horses by some.

Notši said he is anticipating a tough battle against a Lioli side that these days is expected to challenge for the title.
“It is going to a tough match,” said the former Lesotho boss.

“Lioli are a very formidable team with a rich history, quality players, an experienced coach and massive support. We are looking forward to the game. The good thing is that we started on a positive note against a tough Likhopo team. They really pushed us to the limit and I think we got something out of that game,” he said. Like many inside the Kick4Life camp, Notši is well aware they have to start winning games like Sunday’s headline tie to be considered genuine title contenders.

The problem is Kick4Life have not beaten Lioli in six attempts since the Old Europa side was promoted in 2014.
Nonetheless, Notši expressed confidence his charges can re-write the history books this weekend.
“This game comes at a time when we really don’t have many problems with injuries and the morale is still high in the team,” Notši said.
“We will approach this game in a manner where we will just take the game to them,” he added.

“Lioli are good in every department so I think they are coming at the right time. We are saying: let’s go and enjoy the moment, let’s go in and do everything we can to get the maximum points.”
One worry for Kick4Life is the continued absence of experienced Lesotho international Bokang Mothoana who was injured while on duty with Likuena in July.

The midfielder is expected to be on the side-lines for some time while nursing his injury and he has not trained this season.
Notši admitted Mothoana’s absence has affected their preparations given the player’s experience and influence but he backed his squad to cope with the veteran’s absence.

Lioli, meanwhile, say they are looking to send a message to the rest of the league on Sunday.
The Teyateyaneng giants’ communications and marketing officer, Tšeliso Lerata, said although they will not underestimate Kick4Life, ‘Tse Nala’ are certain of victory.

“We are going to approach the game the same way we approach other games but we always reserve our respect for our opponents,” Lerata said.
“However, it is no secret that we have a good record against Kick4Life and that is not going to change this weekend. We are still going to beat them again.”

Weekend fixture:
Saturday (15:00)
Sefotha-fotha vs. Sundawana (TBC)
Liphakoe vs. Linare (Quthing)
Bantu vs. LMPS (Setsoto Stadium)

Sunday (15:00)
Matlama vs. Sky Battalion (Ha Ratjomose)
LCS vs. LDF (LCS Ground)
Majantja vs. Likhopo (TBC)
Lioli vs. Kick4Life (Setsoto Stadium)
(Times and venues subject to change)

Luciah Phahla

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