MASERU — Matlama coach Ntebele Taole affirmed his side as favourites for the Vodacom Premier League title after Tse Pustoa’s comprehensive 2-0 victory over Bantu at the Bambatha Tšita Sports Arena yesterday — a win that moves Matlama seven points clear of second-placed Lioli at the top of the table.
“There is no opportunity for them (Lioli) to catch-up,” Taole said in his own inimitable way after the victory. “Unless they pull up their socks, I don’t see it happening. We are still going to get the three points over there,” he added, in reference to Matlama’s almighty clash with Lioli on April 24.
The seven-point gap can be cut back to four if Tse Nala can beat LMPS this afternoon, but nevertheless, Matlama’s performance against one of the division’s top sides will have sent long-lasting ripples through Teyateyaneng.
“We know where we are going. I have given responsibility to the players now. Myself and the technical staff have done our work for the 46 points (we have now); now we have told the players the final push is up to them,” Taole said.
His players certainly started this crusade in confident fashion.
Liteboho Mokhesi was once again commanding between the posts, with Nkau Lerotholi rock solid in defence. In midfield Lehlohonolo Mokhele pulled the strings, while the quality of attackers Dlomo Monapathi and Litšepe Marabe, was there for all to see.