MATLAMA coach Thabile Secker says his side is aware of the danger that can be posed by the struggling Kick4Life when the two sides meet in the Maseru derby at LCS Ground this afternoon.
Tse Putsoa go into the match beaming with confidence sitting at the top of the 14-team log bolstered by their 3-1 win against Majantja last Saturday in Mohale’s Hoek.
Secker said they have to start from where they left off against Majantja.
“We are going to play a dangerous side and the fact that they have not been playing well means they may pull a surprise but we are ready,” Secker said.
“We just have to start from where we left off in our last match against Majantja and ensure that we get everything right.”
Secker, who in his playing days played for Matlama, said their focus is not their current league position but rather on taking each match as it comes and ensure that they collect maximum points.
“We don’t want to lose focus and start thinking of many things. Now our focus is on matches that we play and we take one as it comes. What we need to do is to ensure that we collect maximum points in all matches that’s all,” he said.
Secker said since Kick4Life has not been performing well, his charges might undermine the side but he said they have been working hard to guard against complacency on matchday.
“They (Kick4Life) have not been playing well but that can also work against us because the players might relax and we will lose the match so we have been working hard to avoid complacency.”
Kick4Life on the other hand has had a slump in performance from their promising start where they went for five matches without loss.
They have now lost two consecutive matches against LCS and Linare but their coach Bob Mafoso said they are over the losses and are looking to give Matlama a run for their money.
“The advantage is Matlama are a big team so playing against them is a motivation and I think we are ready for the challenge.
“The mere fact that they are a big team means there won’t be any chances of complacency from our side so we just need to keep pushing the players and work hard,” Mafoso said.
The former Bantu assistant coach said they just need to work on his charges’s mental strength and ensure that they don’t break when Matlama press them.
“We know the opponents are going to come at us guns blazing but we are ready. We just have to ensure that our players are also ready mentally and they don’t break but rather absorb the pressure that will come in the match.
“The players have been responding positively in our training so that gives us hope that we will do better because we also need to start winning matches and move from this position that we are in,” he said.
Kick4Life are sitting on 10th position with six points after seven matches.
Mafoso said they will also be welcoming back their speedy striker, Tseliso Botsane, who has been out of action due to school commitments.
In other league matches, Bantu travel to Maputsoe DIFA Ground to face Linare while Likhopo welcome Majanja in the first match of the double header at Ratjomose Ground. Swallows play Galaxy in the second match.