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Melele, Mphatlalatsane to fight for A Division title

Mikia Kalati

MASERU — Newly promoted premier league sides Melele and Mphatlalatsane will fight for the A Division championship bragging rights when they meet in a curtain raiser for the match between Likuena and South Africa at Setsoto Stadium today.

Melele won the A Division Southern stream league while Mphatlatsane are the winners of the Northern stream league. The two teams performed dismally in the recent A Division Top 8 tournament despite being favourites for the tournament and today’s A Division champions decider is a chance for one of them to redeem themselves before they join top-flight football next season.

Mphatlalatsane were knocked out in the quarterfinals by Liphakoe while Melele lost to Majantja in the semi-finals. Retired Mphatlalatsane legend, Tšepo Hlojeng, who is now the head coach of the club, told the Sunday Express that today’s match gives them a chance to win a trophy before their entry into the big league.
“We went back to the drawing board to rectify our mistakes and we are ready for the showdown with Melele this afternoon,” Hlojeng said.

The former Likuena skipper said their biggest problem has been in finishing goal-scoring chances.
“Scoring the opportunities we create was our biggest problem but we have worked on it and I’m confident that we will do well today,” he said. He said they are already looking at options to reinforce their team next season.

Melele spokesperson, Kapa Nthabane, said his team is also motivated to do well before they leave the lower division. “The encounter against Mphatlalatsane gives us a chance to do well as we prepare for the big stage of the premier league,” Nthabane said. He said their players lost concentration in their Top 8 matches last weekend as they were knocked out in the semi-finals by Majantja.

“Our finishing let us down in the previous matches. The coaches have worked on it and I believe we will be a better team going forward,” he said.

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