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LCS, Likhopo welcome international break


Moorosi Tsiane

ECONET Premier League strugglers, Likhopo and LCS, have welcomed the one week international break and said they would use it to rejuvenate their squads.

The league makes way for international friendlies where Lesotho’s senior men’s soccer side, Likuena, were scheduled to play Botswana (yesterday) and Namibia (this Tuesday).

LCS went into the break with heavy hearts falling at home 3-2 to Matlama to continue on their inconsistent streak this season.

Masheshena, who finished third last season after Bantu and Lioli while Kick4Life completed the top four, now sit ninth on the log with 21 points from 17 games. They have won five, drawn six and lost six.

Marai told the Sunday Express recently that the break was what they needed to work on their shortfalls and their woeful form.

“It is a fact that my team has not been consistent in winning as we did in the past two seasons so I am happy that we at least have this break to work on those areas that we have lacked,” Marai said.

The former Likuena defender said his team’s problem has been the unavailability of strikers his strikers.

“We are not that bad, but our strikers are not available. Remember we lost Daniel Kumatse who has since gone back to his native country, Ghana, Mark Tahayim has been injury prone and Leboneng Moqecho has been busy with work commitments.

“We tried to bring in a new striker, Thapelo Tale, in the January transfer window but he has been out of the football for almost a season. So, we are working on his fitness levels and for now he can only play 45 minutes.

“The break will help as Leboneng is now back after three weeks so we will use this time to work on the combinations and hopefully we will come back a better side,” Marai said.

LCS has however, managed to qualify for the LNIG Top8 semifinals after beating LDF in the quarter finals with a 6-1 aggregate score early this month.

The correctional service side return into action next weekend to face Liphakoe who have also struggled this season.

Likhopo coach, Halemakale Mahlaha, said they would use the break to recover their mental fitness.

“The break came at the right time and we need to make the best out of it to improve our position on the log.

“We are using it to recover and try to get our players in the right state of mind because evidently the players’ poor mental fitness has affected our results. We will address that and hopefully we come back an improved side,” Mahlaha said.

He said his younger players have also struggled to cope with the pressure of the league.

“The majority of the team is made up of young players and has been difficult for them to absorb the intensity of the league and we end up losing matches unnecessarily,” he said.

The former Matlama player however, lamented the harsh weather conditions that have prevailed in the country and said they have disrupted their preparations.

“The rains are not really helping us because our pitches are always muddy and that makes it impossible to work,” he said.

Likhopo are second from bottom with 13 points from 10 losses, three wins and four draws in their 17 games so far.

The Red Army return to action against relegation bound Sky Battalion next Saturday.

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