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Galaxy, Lioli seek redemption

Moorosi Tsiane

RELEGATION threatened Galaxy will be hoping for a change of fortunes when they host similarly struggling Lioli in an Econet Premier League tie at Maputsoe DIFA Ground this afternoon.

The Premier League debutants, Galaxy, have been struggling for results since the league started in September 2018 and come into this weekend’s match anchoring the 14-team league table with eight points from 13 matches.

Galaxy only have two wins and two draws and they lost nine matches.

For Lioli on the other hand, the journey has been torturous as they have won six, lost seven and drew one.

Tse Nala go into the match seating sixth on the log following their 3-1 win against Majantja last weekend.

Galaxy coach Thabang Busa said they are aware that Lioli are a big team and they will come more motivated following their last weekend win but said they are ready for battle.

“They are a big team who have suffered a slump in performance this season but we all know what they are capable of and we remember they won their previous match last weekend so they are motivated but we are also ready,” Busa said.

Galaxy have had off the field challenges that saw some of the players boycotting the team towards the end of last year but Busa said now things are in order.

“We encountered some problems late last year and even asked the Premier League Management Committee (PLMC) to postpone our second-round matches although it did not materialise. I was not around for the team’s last two matches so they played without a coach but everything has now been sorted out and everyone is satisfied and high spirits,” he said.

Stuff, as the former Matlama player is popularly known, said they are playing Lioli at a time when they are also desperate for points to move from the relegation zone.

“I think my players also noticed that we are in a tight spot and we need to move out of there sooner, so they are all back and determined to do the work. We lost 2-1 to Lioli in the last round and honestly, they were not giving us many problems.

“This time we are playing at home so we will try to use the match to get out of the relegation zone. We desperately need maximum points,” Busa said.

Lioli coach Lehlohonolo Thotanyana said they are working on improving their performance and they hope to continue from where they left off in their last match.

“We have been struggling so we are working on improving our performance and most importantly work on consistency.

“We have been preparing well and the last weekend win came at the right time. It has been a real morale boost to the team so we are hoping to take it from where we left off against Majantja,” Thotanyana said.

Thotanyana said they are aware that Galaxy will not be push overs but said they are also desperate for points.

“Most of the times teams which are fighting to survive relegation are the most dangerous and we are aware that Galaxy will not be push overs so we have to double our efforts if we are to beat them. We are also desperate for points because we have to move from position six to a much respectable position,” Thotanyana said.

In other league matches, Swallows visit LDF at Ratjomose Ground while Bantu’s clash with Majantja has been postponed to make way for their CAF Confederations Cup tie away to Enugu Rangers of Nigeria.




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