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Titans clash in Super Sunday


Moorosi Tsiane

Vodacom Premier League pacesetters Lioli welcome Bantu in a titanic clash scheduled for Setsoto Stadium this afternoon.

The two foes will be meeting for the third time this season after clashing in the league’s first round and Top4 final where Bantu won both matches.

Bantu come into today’s match with their heads high after their 1-0 win over Likhopo last weekend while Lioli’s last tie was a goalless draw against Likila United on Friday at Setsoto Stadium.

Lioli coach Mosholu Mokhothu yesterday told the Sunday Express that the Likila draw was a wake-up call for the team that anything can happen in a football match.

“We did not do well on Friday against Likila because we failed to get the maximum points we needed but at the same time, it was a wake-up call for us. We will build on that disappointing result as we go into Sunday’s match,” Mokhothu said.

“We have gone back to the drawing board as we prepare for the match against Bantu.

“There is no doubt that this is a very tough match we are faced with and the fact that we failed to beat Likila on Friday means we must win this tie against Bantu. We need to extend our lead at the top of the table because as you are aware, we are now only a point above second-placed Matlama,” he said.

Mokhothu added: “Playing Bantu has never been easy but as you can see, this season is very interesting due to the unpredictable nature of the games. Again, it is no longer only Bantu and us fighting for the title this season; there are other teams like Matlama who are also in the race for the title. So with the race for the title getting hotter by the game, it means we should be winning maximum points to be in a position to defend our title. As things stand, we can’t even bank on our outstanding match against LCS to say we will capitalize on it and maintain a safe cushion at the top of the table.”

On the other hand, Bantu coach Bafokeng Mohapi said his team was hoping to build on last weekend’s hard-fought win against fellow title-contenders Likhopo and ensure they finish the season in a respectable position.

“You know the game of football can’t always depend on history. We might have beaten them before but that counts for nothing as we go into Sunday’s match. However, we come to the match high on confidence following last weekend’s win,” Mohapi said.

Mohapi also shared the same sentiments with Mokhothu that this is not going to be an easy match.

“There are no easy matches between Bantu and Lioli and both sides know this. So no-matter the form of either team, the match will be tough.

“Just like Likhopo, they also enjoy to play the ball so it is going to be more of an open game and an entertaining one, I am sure.”

According to Mohapi, a loss today would be a massive setback for Bantu.

“It is important for us to win all our remaining matches to at least finish in a respective position come end of the season, but we will take one match at a time. Again, we must not depend on how other teams are playing so we must do all the work ourselves and save our season on our own.”

In other league matches to be played today, LDF host Rovers at Ratjomose Ground, Likhopo face Liphakoe at LCS Ground, LMPS battle Kick4Life at PTC Ground, LCS welcome Mphatlalatsane at Setsoto while Matlama tussle Likila United at LCS Ground.

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