Redemption time for struggling LCS

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Moorosi Tsiane

STRUGGLING LCS will be hoping for a change of fortunes when they host stubborn rookies, Majantja, in an Econet Premier League match at LCS Ground this afternoon.

Affectionately known as Masheshena, LCS head into the match on eighth position in the 13-team league. They last won on 5 November when they beat winless Sky Battalion 1-0.

They have since played consecutive draws against Bantu and Lioli before losing to newcomers Sefotha-fotha 1-0 last weekend.

Their opponents are a highly motivated side after they returned to winning ways by beating their bitter rivals, Liphakoe, 2-1 last weekend.

LCS coach, Mpitsa Marai, recently told the Sunday Express that his side have not been at their best.

He however, said the team was playing well and only needed to convert the chances that came their way in order to win matches.

“We have not been getting the results because we are either losing or drawing which is not good for us,” Marai said.

“But one thing that gives me confidence is that we still manage to create chances which we unfortunately fail to convert.

“So we have been working with our forwards and we will soon see results. We just need to be patient with them as this is also hard for them.

“The pressure is there but for us as the technical team, we need to ensure it does not affect our players.”

The Likuena assistant coach said while Majantja were no pushovers, they were ready for the match.

“They (Majantja) have proved that they really mean business ever since the season started so we can’t afford to undermine them. We know they are not pushovers but we are ready for them and we want nothing less than maximum points.”

For his part, Majantja assistant coach, Retšelisitsoe Matsepe, bemoaned off-field challenges which he said had affected his charges’ preparations for the match.

“The match could be one of the toughest for us as we didn’t prepare well because there have been some off the field issues between players and management that have been disrupting this team.

“But we will give everything and see where that will take us,” Matsepe said.

LDF face LMPS at PTC Ground in the other league match set for today.

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