Mikia Kalati MASERU — Premier league giants, Matlama, hope to get back into action with a bang when they take on relegation-threatened Mpharane Celtic in a Vodacom premier league tie at Pitso Ground this afternoon.
The Premier League Management Committee (PLMC) on Tuesday withdrew all charges against the Sea Point outfit over the club’s violation of the Lesotho Football Association and Vodacom Lesotho’s sponsorship agreement that saw Matlama suspended since January.
Matlama’s communications and marketing manager, Lesolle Phalatsi, told the Sunday Express that Tse Putsoa have put their off-the-field problems aside and are concentrating on restoring the image of the club on the field of play. “We are all relieved that the suspension has been lifted and the team will be back in premier league action this afternoon,” Phalatsi said.
“Our boys took a long time without playing, but I think they are ready to do all involved with the club proud.”
Phalatsi said he is aware that their players are facing big challenges as they lack match fitness compared to the rest of the other league teams who have been in action since the second round started. “We are at the wrong end of the table and our focus is on improving our position in the league standings starting with the Sunday game at home to Mpharane Celtic,” Phalatsi said.
Elsewhere, Vodacom premier league pacesetters Bantu and Lioli will clash in a potentially explosive encounter that could also decide the destination of the league trophy. Bantu are at the top of the table with a game in hand on 35 points while Lioli sit on second position with 34 points. The Caswell Moru side is without suspended fullback, Thapelo Mokhehle, serving a suspension while their top goal scorer, Litšepe Marabe, has been struggling with an injury.
Marabe scored an equaliser when Lesotho hosted Zambia in a 2014 World Cup qualifier a fortnight ago.
Tse Nala coach Lehlohonolo Thotanyana on the other hand will enjoy having a full strength squad for the clash against A Matšo Matebele. Star midfielder, Motlalepula Mofolo and captain, Sheli Ramoseka, return to the team after serving suspension while the club’s first choice goalkeeper is also back with the team after missing last weekend’s one-all draw against Qoaling Highlanders due to family commitments. Highlanders are also in action this afternoon and make a short trip to the Police Training College where they face fifth placed LMPS.