Will Matlama wrap up title?

Will Matlama wrap up title?

MASERU – Bantu coach, James Madidilane, says all the pressure is on Matlama ahead of the sides’ potential Econet Premier League title decider on Saturday at Setsoto Stadium.
The landmark clash has been on everybody’s lips this week and has divided the football fraternity with some hoping Matlama wrap up the title with a victory while others are hoping Bantu can smash and grab the title from right under ‘Tse Putsoa’s noses.
Log leaders Matlama hold a five-point advantage over defending champions Bantu, but speaking on Wednesday, Madidilane said Matlama are the ones who will be feeling the heat come kick-off time.
Madidilane said the pressure is on Matlama to avoid an epic collapse in the final games of the season.
A win for Bantu, of course, would pile pressure on ‘Tse Putsoa’ by closing the gap to two points with two games left for both sides after Saturday’s titanic clash.

Matlama are also desperate to end a 10-year wait for the league trophy to go to Pitso Ground.
“For us there is no pressure except that we have to win so that there is not too much of a gap in between us and them,” Madidilane told thepost.
“The pressure is on Matlama because if we win it will be a problem for them; they have a lot to lose while we have a lot to gain. If they lose that will put more pressure on them in their upcoming games while we just have to focus and get three points.”
With both teams wanting a victory in this game, their respective sponsors Metropolitan Lesotho and Alliance Insurance have chipped in with a M50 000 reward for the winner in a move to make the game an open and attractive spectacle.
However, Madidilane said he wouldn’t be surprised if Matlama defended and ‘parked the bus’ in an effort to avoid defeat.

“Matlama might defend but I have never seen them play defensive football, tactically I believe we have to be spot on,” he said.
Speaking few weeks ago, Madidilane had admitted the title is out of Bantu’s control and that his side would have to rely on Matlama dropping points.
Matlama have not dropped points and have won their last five games in a row, but Bantu have an opportunity to halt ‘Tse Putsoa’ this weekend and postpone any planned title celebrations.
Momentum is also a priceless commodity in football and Madidilane said nothing less than a win will be a good result for his side.

He said a draw is fine for Matlama because it will maintain their five-point lead at the top which means the onus is on Bantu to get all three points.
“This game is very important because if we lose or draw Matlama will need just a draw (in their final two games) to win the league,” Madidilane said.
“We are going into this match with a challenge that we will have to win at all costs; this game is a must-win. We just have to close the gap and we will take the game to Matlama with everything that we have. Our preparations are going well to assure that we do well in the game by getting the three points we are hoping for.”

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