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Bantu wary of Linare threat


Moorosi Tsiane

BANTU coach, James Madidilane, says they are alive to the threat posed by inconsistent Linare when the two sides meet this afternoon in an Econet Premier League match at Maputsoe DIFA ground.

The champions have made a storming start to the season winning all their three matches to date against Sefotha-fotha, Liphakoe and LMPS.

On the other hand, Linare have been inconsistent, losing their opener against Majantja and following that up with a one-all stalemate with Matlama before registering their first win against Liphakoe last weekend.

Madidilane recently told the Sunday Express that they will have to be at their best to win today.

“Linare is one of the most dangerous sides in our league because they have a very good coach and we know that they are capable of causing an upset,” the former Maritzburg United defender said.

“Their confidence is back after their win against Liphakoe. The signs were already there when they drew with Matlama so we know that it is not going to be a walk in the park. They are a big team and we respect them but we mean business.

“It is a good thing to have a big pool of players as everyone works hard and fights for the place in the team week in and week out.

“I am confident every player that we will field will give 100 percent.”

For his part, Linare acting spokesperson, Thabo Rakhomo, said they were ready for the defending champions.

“It is not going to be an easy match because we are playing one of the best teams but the players have been working hard at training and so Bantu should expect a tough challenge.

“Playing a big team is always self-motivating to the players and the fact that we are the underdogs will ease some of the pressure.

“Last weekend’s win (over Liphakoe) will also play a big role in motivating the team against Bantu,” Rakhomo said.

In other matches, Sky Battalion will host Liphakoe at LCS Ground while LMPS are away to Sandawana at Maputsoe DIFA Stadium.

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