MASERU — Bantu coach Ntebele Taole says they are well aware they will be facing a wounded Lioli when the two sides meet in Mafeteng on Saturday in one of the glamorous ties of the season.
Lioli were beaten 2-0 by arch-rivals Matlama on Sunday, a result which threatened to sink their season.
Tse Nala are now in 10th place, just three points from the relegation zone.
The state of affairs is something that was unthinkable at the start of the season However, speaking to the Lesotho Times on Tuesday, Taole warned his charges not to take anything for granted against their visitors from Teyateyaneng.
“Just because they have lost doesn’t mean we will beat them. They had a whole week to work on the mistakes they made in their last match,” Taole said.
Bantu aren’t in much better form either. Although A Matšo Matebele are unbeaten in their last four matches they have drawn the last three against Joy, Likhopo and Majantja in matches they could have claimed three points.
As a result the Mafeteng giants find themselves in no man’s land in sixth place with a measly 14 points.
However, a win would lift Bantu into the top four places.
“The spirit I saw was very good. No one was absent from the session,” Taole said.
Taole said his side may have underestimated their opponents in previous games.
“Majantja and Likhopo are the ones that I fear most because players have a tendency to underestimate them and believe they will easily beat them. It’s not like that,” Taole said.
In the other weekend match, traditional rivals Matlama and Linare face off at the Central Prisons.
Saturday, 28 January
LCS 2-1 Joy
Maduma 1-0 Likhopo
Sunday, 29 January
Bantu 1-1 Majantja
Lioli 0-2 Matlama
Bantu vs. Lioli (Mafeteng, 15:00)
Matlama vs. Linare (Central Prison, 15:00)