LCS assistant coach Khoto Sesinyi says it is still too early to throw in the towel in the chase for their seventh Premier League title.
The correctional service side squandered a chance to close the gap between with log leaders Matlama last weekend when they were held to a one-all draw by Kick4Life.
LCS went into last weekend’s matches sitting on second spot four points off the pace of Matlama and a win would have cut down the gap to just a point before Matlama trounced relegation threatened Swallows 3-0 on Sunday.
A brace from Motebang Sera and another goal from Theletsane Makume helped Matlama extend their led to five points now as the league breaks for the LNIG Top8 finals which started yesterday at Setsoto Stadium and end today.
The country’s most decorated team with nine league titles, Matlama are on the verge of ending their eight-season league drought as they last won the title back in 2010.
Sesinyi, who was a defender for LCS during his hey days, said they are still hopeful that they can turn the situation around although it’s not going to be easy. He said they will chase Matlama all the way.
“We are still in the race which is still open because Matlama cannot just have it easy,” Sesinyi said.
“Every team has something that they are fighting for now. Some are chasing a top four finish, others are eying the top eight while others are fighting for survival, so it is not going to be easy.”
LCS started the season very well and for a long time looked promising. At one point, they were even the favorites for the league honours but the situation changed in the second round as they have been inconsistent, a problem which Sesinyi said was caused by lack of luck.
“We were still trying to do everything right but with football sometimes things will not go as one would have planned. This is what happened to us when we ended up dropping points unnecessarily. Luck, was just not on our side.
“However, confidence is still high in our camp and we just need to keep our players focused and ensure that they avoid unnecessary pressure because there is still a long way to go,” he said.
Masheshena, as LCS are affectionately known, have five matches remaining and on paper, have tougher fixtures compared to Matlama as they have to play Majantja, Lioli, Bantu, Galaxy and Swallows.
Matlama, on the other hand, have six matches left and will face Likhopo, Majantja, Galaxy, Bantu, Sefotha-fotha and Linare.