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Marai warns against complacency


Moorosi Tsiane

LCS coach Mpitsa Marai says there is no room for complacency as his charges take on winless Sky Battalion in an Econet Premier League at LCS Ground this afternoon.

Sky Battalion anchor the 14-team league after losing all seven matches they have played this season.

The Pule Khojane coached outfit have also experienced off-field challenges which have seen players boycott training and they only had a last minute change of heart to fulfil last week’s fixture against Lioli where they scored first but still went on to lose 3-1.

In contrast, LCS won 1-0 against Linare last Saturday and come into today’s match sitting on position the six with 11 points from seven matches.

“We have been playing well but the problem had been results not going our way but last week we were fortunate enough to collect maximum points against Linare. Now our focus is on the match against Sky Battalion who appear to be going through a rough patch,” Marai said.

“Such teams are the most dangerous teams because they will be playing without any pressure so I have warned my players not to underestimate them.

“They are not that bad because they have been losing by small margins against big teams until last weekend against Lioli.

“We discussed this match as a team and we analysed them.  All the players know the importance of winning because we also need to keep our momentum,” he said.

LCS welcome back strikers, Daniel Twumasi and Leboneng Moqecho who were out injured.

Meanwhile, Khojane said they will fight for victory despite the problems in his camp.

“We have been playing the big teams but there is nothing we can do so we will also go out and face LCS with the same determination we showed against Lioli.

“We know it is not going to be easy given the situation that we are in but we will fight.

“My players are not psychologically ready and unfortunately it seems like no one is prepared to address their problems so I pleaded with them to just go out there and enjoy football then we will see what happens,” Khojane said.

In other league matches this afternoon, Sandawana host Matlama in Maputsoe and Linare welcome Sefotha-Fotha at the same venue.

LMPS will be hoping to return to winning ways after last week’s 2-0 loss to Matlama. They host Liphakoe at PTC Ground.


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