ALLIANCE Winter Challenge defending champions LCS FC will be out to make it three in a row when they meet Lioli in the final at Setsoto Stadium this afternoon.
The Mpitsa Marai coached outfit edged Matlama in the first semifinal at Setsoto Stadium yesterday afternoon through a goal by second half substitute Thapelo Tale.
Premier League newbies and tournament guests Swallows were hammered 5-0 by Lioli in the second semifinal.
The duo of Cameroonian striker Switberth Kum and South African Buikanyo Diutlwileng who are both on trials were each on target for Lioli. Lekhanya Lekhanya scored a brace before second half substitute Retšelisitsoe Moepi sealed Swallows’ fate.
Marai however, he was not too happy as his side struggled against Matlama but said they still have time to rectify their problems before the season kicks off.
“Our fitness level is still worrisome and there are a few technical issues we need to rectify but since this is a pre-season tournament, we still have time to fix those issues,” Marai said.
He also indicated that they would employ different tactics today in the final but said he hopes to win to boost the club’s momentum.
“We are using the games to weigh our preparations for the new season but the final is going to be a different game altogether since we are playing a big team with big names.
“It will also give us a chance to use some of the players who are on trials with us so that we decide whether or not to sign them as we also need to boost our squad,” Marai said.
Lioli coach Lehlohonolo Thotanyana said his players still need to improve their on and off the ball movements.
“We still need to improve our communication both verbally and in terms of gestures especially when we do not have possession. We must work hard on such issues,” Thotanyana said.
Thotanyana who was announced as Lioli new coach last month said he will also be fielding a new team in the final to give all the players game time in the tournament.
“We have a big pool of players and we will use the tournament to select new signings among the players who are on trials. In that vein, we will have a much-changed side in the final,” Thotanyana said.