MASERU — Struggling premier league outfit, LMPS, are hoping to end their winless streak this afternoon when they host Linare at the Police Training College.
Simunye, as the police side are popularly known, have lost three of their last four matches in the new campaign.
However, coach Lelia Makubakube, is confident his team will end their slump in today’s match against the surging Hlotse-based outfit.
“We have to up our game against a Linare side that has been playing well since the start of the new league campaign,” Makubakube said.
“I believe the two-week break has helped us work on our weaknesses and we now look better.”
Makubakube said his players had struggled to score goals while at the same time conceding some silly goals.
“I think the squad is slowly finding their rhythm to play as a unit and produce good results,” he said.
Newly appointed Linare coach, Thulo “Magic Touch” Leboela, is expecting a difficult match against the LMPS side which is known for its physical game.
Beaten once in the new campaign, Leboela said his team have to strive to win most of their first round matches if they are to remain in contention for the title.
“They are a very physical side, but we also have a strong squad willing to bring success to the club,” said Leboela.
The Linare coach is expecting the duo of Pali Tšalong and Mabuti Potloane to continue with their fine form after both featured for Likuena against Swaziland last weekend.
Elsewhere, newly crowned Independence Cup champions, Bantu, host Mpharane Celtic in Mafeteng in their first home match after successfully defending their Top Four trophy.
The Mafeteng-based outfit had a poor run in the league before the cup success, but have promised to maintain the winning streak to clinch their first league title.
Another interesting premier league clash this afternoon will see last season’s league runners-up, LDF, up against defending champions LCS at Ratjomose Barracks.
The correctional services outfit remain unbeaten in the league, but face a baptism of fire when they square off against Motheo Mohapi’s team who last won the league title in 2004.
Mosholu “Shoes” Mokhothu’s charges are still recovering from losing the Independence Cup title to Bantu for the second successive year a fortnight ago.
LCS public relations officer, Kofa Rantai, told the Sunday Express that his team has recovered from the cup final loss and are looking to extend their lead at the top of the table.
“It is going to be a tough match playing a strong LDF side at their home ground,” he said.
He said the defending champions will be without striker Thulo Ranchobe who is on suspension after getting a red card in the previous match.
Captain Khoto Sesing, could also miss the match due to an injury sustained in the Independence Cup tournament.