Bantu captain Tlali Maile insists his side will return to winning ways against struggling LMPS in one of three Premier League matches scheduled for this afternoon.
A Matšo Matebele, as Bantu are affectionately known, host the police outfit at Leshoboro Stadium in the wake of two successive draws which have set alarm bells ringing at the club.
Although the Mafeteng-based side still top the 14-team Premiership table and remain unbeaten after 17 matches, sympathisers fear of a repeat of the team’s dramatic collapse towards the end of last season which resulted in Lioli clinching the league title.
But Maile believes with better luck, Bantu could have beaten both LDF and LCS, insisting the draws were unfair on the team which had dominated both ties.
“We have been terribly unlucky of late, and should have won against LDF and LCS instead of sharing the spoils,” Maile said on Thursday.
“But I am confident we will turn things around when we meet LMPS on Sunday, and return to winning ways.”
The inspirational defender further told the Sunday Express he is fully aware of last season’s sudden loss of form in the championship run-in, which eventually saw Lioli winning the title.
“Last season, we lost concentration in the last games of the campaign but together with the technical team, we have been preparing the players psychologically so that they remain focused and cope with the pressure that always comes at this crucial stage of the campaign.”
Maile however, said the spirit remains high in camp and the team would be welcoming winger, Mokone Marabe, who has been sidelined for four weeks through injury.
On his part, LMPS communications and marketing manager, Mohale Khemisi, said the team has since been made aware of the desperate need for maximum points.
“We are very much aware of our position on the log, and this afternoon (Thursday), we are going to have serious talks with the coach and players to build on their confidence. This is a must-win match for us because we need to get out of this dangerous position (11th) we find ourselves in,” Khemisi said.
“We are, at-least, hoping to make it into the top 8 come end of the season.”
Meanwhile, in the other Premier League matches taking place this afternoon, LDF host LCS at Ratjomose Ground, while Qoaling Highlanders are at home to Mphatlalatsane.