Mikia Kalati MASERU — LMPS will hope to add more misery into Matlama’s camp when they take on the former league champions in a league match at the Police Training College ground this afternoon.
Simunye, as the police side is affectionately known, have endured a poor start to the season losing four of their opening five matches.
LMPS’s first win of the season came against Qoaling Highlanders a fortnight ago and coach, Lelia Makubakube (pictured), remains optimistic his team will keep improving. “It’s always tough playing Matlama whether they are wining or struggling. They are still a good side and can turn the corner against any team at anytime,” Makubakube said. “We have not been consistent and we have to work on improving our weaknesses following last weekend’s defeat to Bantu.” Makubakube has a full squad for today’s game while Matlama are without captain, Nkau Lerotholi, who is part of the Likuena team playing Swaziland in Mbabane this afternoon.
“For us it has always been about team effort. We started badly conceding silly goals and struggling to score, but we had to find our way out as a unit,” Makubakube said. “I’m glad things are working out slowly for us as we have already recorded two back-to-back victories over Highlanders and Linare.”
The LMPS coach said the two wins were signs that his team can compete and will soon turn the corner for good. The Sea Point outfit on the other side have endured a dark period since the start of the season.
Tse Putsoa are lying at the bottom of the log with just three points after six games.
They lost 0-2 to bitter rivals Lioli at Setsoto Stadium last Saturday and their angry fans reacted by attacking some of the team officials after the game. The country’s most successful team have struggled to maintain form since cashing in on their key players in the off-season period. The tie between former premier league giants Lioli and Likhopo that was expected to take place in Teyateyaneng today has been postponed. Lioli have five players in the Likuena squad playing Sihlangu today.
Elsewhere, Mpharane Celtic will be hoping to capitalise on the absence of Masia Makepe and Jeremiah Kamele when they take on Joy this afternoon. Kamele and Makepe are on national duty with Likuena.
The duo has been outstanding in Joy’s impressive start to the campaign, having beaten star-studded teams such as Bantu, Likhopo and struggling league giants Matlama.
LMPS vs Matlama
Mpharane Celtic vs Joy