We’ll bounce back, say Matlama

We’ll bounce back, say Matlama

MASERU – Econet Premier League log leaders Matlama are out to put last weekend’s Independence Cup disappointment behind them as they get back to league action on Saturday against Majantja in Mohale’s Hoek.
‘Tse Putsoa’ were dumped out in the semi-finals of the Independence Cup last Saturday by eventual winners Lioli and the club’s spokesperson, Tankiso Moletsane, admitted Matlama’s disappointment at failing to secure the trophy.

However, ‘Tse Putsoa’ still remain the only unbeaten team in the league and Moletsane insisted the Pitso Ground outfit are not willing to let that record go anytime soon.
“The league is a long journey, it is different (to the cup), we have to keep winning our games and collecting maximum points because the mission is still the same, to win the league,” he said.
Matlama are top of the Econet Premier League with 14 points from six games, one point ahead of second-placed Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) in a mudded top half of the table.
Just two points behind LCS are reigning champions Bantu and, all in all, the top eight sides are separated by just four points.
With an army of sides breathing heavily down their necks, ‘Tse Putsoa’ are aware they cannot afford slip-ups.

“The players were given two days to recover from last weekend’s disappointment and they started training (on Wednesday) to prepare for our game against Majantja,” Moletsane said.
“We can’t hide it, we are truly disappointed by the (Independence Cup) results but we are determined to put that behind us and move on,” he added.

“We have players that understand that these things do happen in football and they have to look forward. We have to win our games, we are not looking at teams behind us but we are aware of LCS coming strong after us. We will bounce back this weekend,” Moletsane said.

In other games this weekend, struggling Kick4Life take on in-form Linare on Saturday.
Before the Independence Cup break, Bob Mafoso’s charges suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat at the hands of LCS and are looking to return to winning ways. However, they will have to do it against a Linare team that have won three of their opening six games and are only four points off first place.
Bantu and Lioli are also in action against Liphakoe and LCS respectively.

Weekend fixtures:
Saturday (times and venues subject to change)
Sefotha-fotha vs. Swallows (LCS 13:00)
Galaxy vs. Likhopo (Maputsoe DIFA 15:00)
Majantja vs. Matlama (Mohale’s Hoek DIFA 15:00)
Kick4Life vs. Linare (LCS 15:00)

Sunday:
Bantu vs. Liphakoe (Setsoto Stadium 15:00)
Lioli vs. LCS (TY 15:00)
LDF vs. LMPS (LDF 15:00)

Luciah Phahla

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