MASERU — Third-from-bottom Nyenye Rovers will be seeking to breathe life into their floundering Vodacom Premier League campaign when they visit fellow strugglers Roma Rovers this afternoon.
The match is one of three fixtures lined up today with Bantu battling LCS in Mafeteng and Linare travelling to Mohale’s Hoek to face Majantja.
Nyenye Rovers — who parted ways with coach, Thabang Phoohlo last weekend — are on a five-match losing streak and have not registered a win since September.
That dismal form led to Phoohlo being attacked by irate fans after the Leribe side were beaten 0-2 at home by LMPS last Saturday.
Phoohlo resigned soon after the ugly incident? in which he was pelted with whatever the irate fans could lay their hands on? and was replaced by Pitso Motsoeli, who was in charge when the Tycoons lost 1-2 to LCS the following day.
“It is a very important match because we find ourselves down there (in the relegation zone) and a win would give us a big boost,” Nyenye Rovers spokesperson Thabiso Jomane said on Friday.
“The team is playing well but failing to score.
The players are also low on confidence but I was pleased on Sunday that they were able to match LCS,” Jomane said.
But Nyenye’s opponents have not fared any better — Roma Rovers are without a win since the opening day of the season, which sets the tone for a potentially explosive desperate fight for survival.
In Mafeteng, sixth-placed Bantu play host to LCS who have shot back into the title-picture after 2-1 wins over Roma Rovers and Nyenye Rovers, last weekend.
Masheshena go into the tie facing a defensive injury crisis, with captain Mpitsa Marai and fellow centre-back Moitheri Ntobo serious doubts for this afternoon’s match.
In their absence, Lieta Lehloka and Paseka Moroanyane may be called again to fill-in at the back.
And in Mohale’s Hoek, another relegation-haunted side, Majantja entertain a buoyant Linare side that hit Lerotholi for six, last weekend.
Majantja vs Linare (Mohale’ Hoek); Bantu vs LCS (Mafeteng); Roma Rovers vs Nyenye Rovers (Roma).