LIOLI will be hoping for a change of fortunes this afternoon when it takes on Kick4Life in its second match of the new Econet Premier League season in Teyateyaneng.
Tse Nala goes into the match on the back foot following a disappointing 0-1 loss to LCS last weekend.
Lioli skipper Mafa Moremoholo told the Sunday Express on Friday that they are ready to overturn the last weekend result when they face Kick4Life.
“Against LCS I think we were just unlucky because chances were created but we couldn’t convert,” Moremoholo said.
“However, we still played well. We played a big team in LCS, so it was not going to be easy especially in the first match of the season.”
He said they went back to the drawing board and have rectified their problems and are now looking forward to today’s match.
“We only failed to score but we sat down and worked on that. We must bounce back this weekend. The team is motivated and the spirits are high. We are all fired up.”
The Likuena defender admitted that Kick4Life will not be push overs especially following their last weekend win over Liphakoe. He however, said they were ready for the challenge.
“Kick4Life are not a small team and they come motivated following their last weekend win over Liphakoe, so we can’t undermine them. We will treat them with respect but we are not prepared to settle for anything less than three points,” he said.
Moremoholo said although the team’s new players still need time to settle, they have so far fared well.
“Apart from new players, the coach is also new, so we are in a transition phase. Although it will take time, everyone is adjusting to the situation because we are determined. I believe this group will achieve a lot,” he said.
Kick4Life coach Katiso Mojakhomo said they were also looking forward to the match and has warned his charges against complacency.
“We had a good game last weekend but we are over it and have been working hard to see that our players don’t get complacent. We don’t want any surprises. We have watched Lioli and likewise they have also watched us so it is not going to be easy match for both teams,” Mojakhomo said.
Mojakhomo, who had also had a stint as Lioli coach in the past, said they will be missing the services of striker Tšeliso Botsane. Botsane is away on national duty in the CHAN qualifiers against Zimbabwe in Harare.
“The team is ready. Only Botsane is away on national duty but those who are here will do the job. Of course, we will miss him because he has his own abilities but it is also a chance for others to prove what they can do,” Mojakhomo said.
In another league match today, Liphakoe welcome Swallows at LCS Ground.