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Battle for Top 4 goes to the wire

Mikia kalati

MASERU — Setsoto Stadium will today host an exciting double header of premier league matches as the battle for the Top Four goes to the wire on the last day of the 2011/12 season.
The first encounter will see the in-form Lioli battling it out against second-placed Lesotho Defence Force (LDF).
Tse Nala last Saturday enjoyed a 2-1 win over Matlama and will be hoping to continue where they left off against the army side.
Wounded record nine-time Lesotho premier league champions, Matlama have made it known that they will give champions Lesotho Correctional Services (LCS) a run for their money in the second match of the afternoon.
Tse Putsoa midfielder, Pali Tšalong told the Sunday Express that they have to beat LCS to salvage their lost pride and secure a top four spot.
“Our performance this season has been very disappointing for a team as big as Matlama, and only a win over LCS can bring back the smiles on the faces of our supporters.”
Tšalong said they have to regroup following last weekend’s 2-1 loss to Lioli.
“It has been a very disappointing season for everyone associated with the team and we have to win this match to at least end the season on a high note,” he added.
Meanwhile, LCS coach, Moshulu “Shoes” Mokhothu said his charges were determined to protect their impressive winning streak.
“We are all enjoying the dominance, but we won’t let it go into our heads,” said the coach.
“It has been a remarkable season for us and we will take that winning spirit into today’s game,” said Mokhothu.
The LCS coach said while the title was won a fortnight ago with two league matches to go, his squad remains motivated to protect their dominance.
“People thought we will take it easy now that the title has been won, but we proved our hunger to win more with last Saturday 5-1’s demolishing of Maduma,” he noted.
While the race for the title was decided on April 22, it is the battle for the top four and that of relegation that will dominate today’s matches.
Bantu will also engage in a fierce battle to end the campaign inside the top four bracket.
The Mafeteng-based outfit host Joy this afternoon.
At the other end of the table, relegated Majantja play Likhopo who have to win in Mohale’s Hoek to cement their premier league status.
Maduma on the other hand are in a precarious situation and are praying that Majantja do them a favour by beating Likhopo.
The Khukhune-based outfit also have to register a big win over LMPS to keep their hopes of premier league football next season alive.

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