Galaxy says will keep top-flight status

Galaxy says will keep top-flight status

MASERU – Despite having endured a difficult start to life in the Econet Premier League, Galaxy football club head coach Thabang Busa is confident his team will reach their end of season goal which is to maintain their top-flight status.
Busa said this before the Maputsoe side’s rescheduled premiership tie against Sefotha-fotha at Police Training College (PTC) yesterday which was postponed two weeks ago because of heavy rainfall.

Busa said he was not happy at all with the scheduling of the midweek game because some of his players could not make the game due to school commitments.
However, he refused to make the players’ absence an excuse.

Busa said Galaxy want to change people’s view of small teams that they should be struggling and fighting relegation to keep their premiership status.
If Galaxy maintain their status it will be a huge achievement for the Muputsoe team and the coach because usually newly-promoted teams tend to struggle and eventually go back to A-Division.
Busa said he believes Galaxy have a strong defence as they have conceded fewer goals compared to the other so-called small teams in the league. Going into Wednesday, Galaxy had conceded eight goals from nine matches, a much better record in comparison to sides around them in the league – Swallows (15 goals conceded), Majantja (16) and Likhopo (20).
“The first four games were really difficult for us as we were working on not conceding goals,” Busa said.

“We were still fearful and we defended more than we attacked. We started to relax after the fifth game which was against Matlama and we were able to get a 0-0 draw. It was followed by another 0-0 draw with Linare, then we beat Likhopo 3-0 after that and then Swallows 2-0 (in the next game). We have conceded less goals when compare us to other teams of our size,” he said.
Busa said he wants his side to collect as many points as possible before the season reaches its halftime break later this month.
“Every team wants to collect points and just like others we also hope to do so.

“We are approaching the Christmas break and we hope to get points,” Busa said.
“Remember, we are not fighting for a top eight place, we are fighting to keep our status in the premier league,” he added.
“That is why we are not looking at teams above us but at teams below us because we don’t want them to pass us.”

Galaxy entered Wednesday’s game against Sefotha-fotha in 11th place on the log with eight points from 10 games.
They suffered a blow in their efforts to put distance between themselves and both Sefotha-fotha and Likhopo last weekend as they went down to a 2-1 home defeat to Majantja.
The premier league newcomers, however, will not be in action this weekend because their opponents Kick4Life have their head coach, Bob Mafoso, and several of their first team players away with the national Under-20 team at the COSAFA U20 Championships currently going on in Zambia.

Weekend fixtures (kick-offs at 16:00):
Sefotha-fotha v Majantja (PTC)
Bantu FC v Swallows FC (Setsoto)
Lioli FC v FC Likhopo (TY)

LDF FC v Matlama FC (LDF)
LMPS FC v Linare FC (PTC)
LCS FC v Liphakoe FC (LCS)

Luciah Phahla

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