Red Army finds going tough

Red Army finds going tough

MASERU-Likhopo have struggled to get going in the Vodacom Premier League and after four games the ‘The Red Army’ have only managed to collect one point.

Although it is still early to be talking about relegation fears, Likhopo head coach Halamakale Mahlaha admitted that if their poor form in the league continues it will affect the players’ confidence going forward.
Mahlaha, however, said at the moment there is no panicking over their situation and that the players are motivated to get back and start winning games.

Mahlaha’s side opened the season with a devastating 3-1 loss to Lijabatho followed by a 1-0 loss to Kick4Life and another defeat against Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS).
Their only point has come against Swallows who are also finding themselves in a familiar situation struggling to get off the ground. Mahlaha said Likhopo created a lot of chances in their draw with Swallows but were unfortunate not to convert them and ended up conceding the equaliser.

“We created a lot of chances but we have been unlucky and I think we have hit the bar a few time, and yes, if we don’t improve I think it will start to affect the players but at the moment they are very motivated, even when we met in these past days they were raring to go again,” Mahlaha said.

Another two week break would have been a perfect chance for Mahlaha and his troops to continue working on their problems, however, with football suspended Mahlaha says it is unfortunate that they cannot train or continue their work but said when they do come back they will not be starting from the beginning.

Likhopo struggled last season with a young, inexperienced squad and found themselves fighting relegation early on.
Mahlaha believes they are facing similar problems this season with an inexperienced squad. He said it is challenging to work with young players, but insisted he has some of the best young players in the country and that they are improving.

He lauded the arrival of Matlama and Lioli icon Bushy Moletsane saying his experience has helped them a lot. Mahlaha said the young squad have been learning a lot from the seasoned campaigner who has several titles under his belt and won over 50 caps for Lesotho.
“(Moletsane) has brought something very special, the players have been learning from him,” Mahlaha said.

“I mean he has won everything and he hates losing. I have seen that they have been learning from him so his arrival has really helped the players.”

Tlalane Phahla

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