By Mikia Kalati
MASERU — Lioli coach, Lehlohonolo Thotanyana, is confident his team will continue with their good form when his side takes on LMPS at the Police Training College Ground on Saturday.
Thotonyana told the Lesotho Times on Tuesday that his team is still in good shape despite the long break before the start of the second round.
“I don’t think the break will affect our play, the team has looked sharp in recent friendly matches and they also impressed in a game against Bloemfontein Celtic,” he said.
He said scoring goals has proved to be the team’s biggest problem this season.
“We want to pick where we left off before the long break and things are improving a bit as we continue to work hard,” he said.
The veteran coach acknowledged the sound form of rivals Bantu who have also been consistent and pose a threat in the race for the league championship.
“For me about four teams currently at the top of the table stand a good chance of lifting the league trophy and we will have to keep focused to stay ahead of the rest in the race,” said Thotanyana.
“I feel that we have to remain focused and my experience as a coach will play a key role in winning the league marathon.”
The Tse Nala coach said he is aware their Saturday opponents were also enjoying a fine vein of form before the break and they will have to be at their best to complete a double over them this league campaign.
LMPS coach, Lelia Makubakube, on the other hand told this paper that he is excited that the second round is finally getting underway this weekend.
“We were getting worried with the long break and it had become so difficult to motivate the players without competitive football,” Makubakube said.
Former league champions, Likhopo, have also promised a better performance in the second round.
The management of the club were in a deadlock with their players over money issues since receiving a M1 million sponsorship deal from Matekane Group of Companies.
Team manager, Qamako Mahao, said the money issue affected the performance of the team badly.
“Our players were money minded and lost focus on playing football,” Mahao said.
“The situation is a bit stable now and I’m adamant the team will be playing their best football again soon.”
He said they have held meetings with the playing staff and things are looking to be back on track.
Likhopo host Linare on Sunday.
Bantu, who have also been enjoying good form, host struggling Nyenye Rovers in Mafeteng on Sunday.
The Mafeteng-based team has beefed up their squad with last season’s top goalscorer Pali Tšalong from Linare.
League giants, Matlama, remain suspended and it looks highly unlikely that they will play their Sunday game against Qoaling Highlanders.
LMPS vs Lioli
Bantu vs Nyenye Rovers
Likhopo vs Linare
LDF vs Mpharane