Top four battle looms

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Moorosi Tsiane

THE battle for the top four in the Econet Premier League has intensified as three teams are still fighting for the two remaining positions with the league moving into the last two games of the season today.

Top four teams are eligible to play in the annual Independence Cup bankrolled by the Standard Lesotho Bank and Metropolitan Lesotho. The winners for the tournament walk away with M200 000.

Bantu have already secured the title after they beat LDF 2-1 last Thursday with two games to play while Lioli have sealed their fate as the second placed side on 44 points.

Matlama who are on third with 39 points are desperate for maximum points against Majantja this afternoon to ensure that they have a chance in the tournament.

LDF who play against Linare are fourth and two points adrift of Matlama while Kick4Life are fifth position with 36 points.

Kick4Life play Liphakoe but their fate will be decided by the results of the matches between Majantja and Matlama and LDF and Linare.

Apart from that, Kick4Life still need to play their part by winning their own match against Liphakoe this afternoon to keep their hopes alive.

Matlama’s mid-week win over new comers, Sefotha-fotha improved their prospects as they jumped from fifth to third.

LDF were beaten by Bantu while Kick4Life were not in action on the day.

Matlama coach, Mosito Matela told the Sunday Express that his side needs to focus on their remaining matches and make sure they collect points.

“We have a tough challenge because Majantja are also eyeing a top eight finish and our match against them is not going to be easy so we need to focus and ensure that the players are ready for the match,” Matela said.

“We also have to face Bantu and I am sure they would not want to end the season with a loss as much as they are already champions, so it is going to be tough.

“But we are going to fight until the end. We are a big team and we need to compete in every tournament on offer.”

Matela said he was satisfied with how his charges have performed but said they need to be consistent and keep the winning momentum.

“The last matches are always crucial because they determine your fate so we have to be careful. It is also important that we bank on what we can do and instead of the other teams,” he said.

LDF coach, Motheo Mohapi the last two matches are must wins.

“These two matches are our ticket to the top four so they are all crucial but you know anything can happen in football.

“Linare are not push overs so we need to treat them with respect and see that we get the wins away,” said Mohapi.

Kick4Life coach, Leslie Notši said: “We are not a big team in terms of the experience years that we have in the league so playing in tournaments such as the Independence Cup helps players with more exposure as league matches are not enough”.

“Being in the top four means playing with teams that did well in the previous campaign and it is a different game altogether that requires different approach that helps players to grow and improve.

“We are aware that the race is tight but we will take each match as it comes.”

Today’s fixture:

Likhopo welcome LMPS at Ratjomose Ground, Sefotha-Fotha travel to Lioli in a Berea derby while Bantu play LCS at Setsoto Stadium.

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