Bantu will be hoping to turn around their fortunes when they welcome Rovers in a Vodacom Premier League match scheduled for Seeiso Leshoboro Stadium in Mafeteng this afternoon.
A Matšo Matebele come into the match high on confidence after thrashing Likila United 6-1 in the LNIG Top8 quarterfinal clash, but the 2013/14 premiership winners have not been that clinical in the league campaign.
Seven wins, three draws and seven losses have seen Bantu languish in sixth position on the 14-team table.
On the other hand, Rovers on ninth on the table after four wins, four draws and eight losses, and the university team would be gunning for Bantu’s scalp to get the much—needed maximum points.
Bantu coach Bafokeng Mohapi says the Top8 win would be motivation for the players going into today’s tie, adding he hoped the scoring spree continues against Rovers.
“We played well against Likila United last weekend and I just hope my charges will take that momentum to this match,” said Mohapi, who took over as coach in January this year.
“I have now settled in the team and the players are beginning to understand how I want them to play. I think things will start to turn in our favour, as far as the league campaign is concerned.”
Mohapi admitted Bantu were desperate for points to finish in a “respectable” position.
“Looking at our position in the league now, it is not going to be easy to challenge for the title, but the picture will be clearer after our next four matches. At the moment, we are just taking every match as it comes and working hard to make sure we take maximum points because we desperately need them to at least finish in the top-four,” said Mohapi.
Some of his players, especially young midfielder Thabo Lesaoana and 2013/14 top scorer Tsebang Lebata, were slowly finding their feet, he added. Lebata missed two seasons due to a knee injury and only returned to action last month.
However, Mohapi said midfielder Katleho Moleko would miss today’s match due to injury.
On his part, Rovers , Pule Khojane said they know exactly what to expect when playing Bantu and were ready to take on the league’s top guns.
“We were just unfortunate in our first-leg match against them where we conceded in the dying minutes. The game-plan is not going to differ much this time around and my boys are well prepared for the match,” Khojane said.
“We are in a bad position on the log and desperately need to start winning matches if we are to get out of there. Bantu might be a big team but we won’t be pushovers for them.”
In the other league match set for today, Linare host LDF at Maputsoe DIFA Stadium.