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Roma Boys, Mononyane renew rivalry

Moorosi Tsiane

MASERU — Roma Boys and Manonyane will renew their rivalry this afternoon as the two Roma A division outfits clash in a derby tie set for the Christ the King Ground.

Roma boys come to this match as favourite, sitting in second position in the Southern stream log and two points ahead of their bitter rivals.

Up five, as Roma Boys are affectionately known, come to this match high in confidence following their 1-0 win over Swallows in their last league match a fortnight ago.

Manonyane on the other hand will be hoping to get back to winning ways following a 0-1 loss to Van Rooyen in their last match.

Roma Boys have registered two victories, a loss and a draw so far.

Their bitter rivals, Manonyane sit in position four and also have two wins and have also lost twice.

Roma boys brand manager, Moiloa Manyeli, told this paper that they have been waiting for this day to come.

“This a big match that has so much history and can even divide the community of this town when the two teams face each other,” Manyeli said.

“It is a historical match that every player born in this town wants to take part in it.

He told this paper that their players are very motivated and looking forward to causing an upset.

“We have had a promising start to the campaign and I’m confident the players will get positive results against their rival,” said Manyeli.

Roma Boys are in their second year playing A division football after winning promotion from the B division in the 2011/12 season.

“Things have been promising for the team so much that we have even been dreaming of top flight football,” he said.

Manonyane general manager, Lebohang Kolane, is also confident that they will upstage their opponents in today’s derby tie.

He said their team has been experiencing a poor run as far as goal scoring is concerned.

“The coaches are aware of the problem and have been working very hard to try and find a solution for it,” said Kolane.

“The players have looked hungry and motivated do to well,” he said.

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