We’ll play our normal game, say Lioli

We’ll play our normal game, say Lioli

Maseru – Lioli coach Morena Ramorebodi has played down talk that Sunday’s clash against Bantu at Setsoto Stadium is an Econet Premier League title decider. As far as pundits and mathematicians are concerned, ‘Tse Nala’ have to win the match to stand any chance of wrestling the title away from Bantu. Lioli go into the game in second place on the log with 41 points from 19 games, four points behind ‘A Matšo Matebele’.

After Sunday’s battle both sides will only have four matches left until the end of the season and a Bantu win – which would increase their lead to seven points – or a draw – maintaining the status quo – would likely end Lioli’s chances of winning the league crown. However, speaking to thepost yesterday, Ramorebodi insisted the destination of the title would be decided by more than just Sunday’s encounter. Even with a win, he said, Lioli still have plenty of work to do to reclaim the title they held from 2014/15 to 2015/16.

“We are still left with five games and they are all important just like our game on Sunday against Bantu,” Ramorebodi said. “We might beat Bantu but then lose to other teams and it will make our chances very slim.” Lioli were, of course, handed a lifeline in the title race last month when the Lesotho Football Association (LEFA) Dispute Resolution Chamber awarded ‘Tse Nala’ three points and three goals for a game they had lost to Bantu in December after their Mafeteng rivals were found guilty of using illegally registered players in the match.

Having been given a second life, Ramorebodi stressed the importance of Lioli not putting themselves under pressure and the need for ‘Tse Nala’ to play their normal game. “I believe it is important for us to play without pressure and play the way we have been playing all along, if we draw or lose we should understand that is how football is; it is either a win, draw or loss,” he said.

“I don’t want to put the players under pressure,” Ramorebodi added. “The numbers prove that Bantu have been good and have a chance to win the league, so all we have to do is to just win the remaining games.” Ramorebodi stressed that Lioli would not sit back and defend but will have to find balance between attack and defence.

“Honestly, the way Bantu have played, one can say it will be a success if they win the league and they have more chances (to win the league),” he said. “In football you have to consider two important aspects which are attacking and defending, so our game is based on those two,” Ramorebodi continued.

“We just have to balance the two so that we are able to attack and defend so that our opponent does not get the chance to score.”

Weekend Econet Premier League fixtures:

Saturday

Kick4Life vs. Majantja (LCS, 15:00)
Linare vs. LMPS (Maputsoe, 15:00)

Sunday

Likhopo vs. LCS (Ratjomose, 15:00)
LDF vs. Matlama (Setsoto, 13:00)
Bantu vs. Lioli (Setsoto, 15:00)
Sky Battalion vs. Sefotha-fotha (LCS, 15:00)

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