The Econet premier league title hopefuls, Matlama, believe only self-defeat could derail them from clinching the league title and scoop the trophy as they face the lowly placed Linare.
Matlama need a win to ensure that the Maseru based outfit end nine year wait for the league championship after last tasting the league title way back in 2010.
Matlama Communications and Marketing Manager Tankiso Moletsane said the biggest mistake will be the self-defeat as he says the players need to be alert against any complacency considering the lowly position of Linare in the league standing going into this match.
He said Linare and Matlama are big teams in the country with history as they are the only two district clubs which have never been relegated before. “We cannot under estimate Linare due to their current league position as they are like a sleeping giant,” he commented.
However, the Moletsane said Linare will not stand on their way of accomplishing their cherished dream of lifting the league title after so many years, saying “this is the right moment to end a nine year league title drought.”
He said all the players are ready including Lebajoa Mosehlenyane whom he said had been sidelined by a long term injury but has since recovered even though not hundred percent physically fit. Moletsane said it will be up to the technical team to give Mosehlenyane a chance, even if it will not be for the entire game.
He said due to the magnitude of the game, the tickets for this match were already on sale at Shoprite Compitickets outlets and urged all the Matlama followers as well as soccer fraternity to rush to buy the tickets to avoid disappointments.
Moletsane said a lot of entertainment has been lined up before and after the game, adding that the club has beefed up security to ensure that it will be all systems go when they celebrate the win.
Matlama are currently perched at the top of the Econet Premier league log with 59 points after playing 25 games while Linare are rooted in 11th position 26 points after the same number of games.
The Econet Premier league defending champions, Bantu, face Sefothafotha in another crucial match at the Police Training College (PTC) where the Mafeteng based outfit will be determined to retain the league title if they win the match and hope that Linare cause a major upset by beating Matlama.
A draw for both Matlama and Bantu will favour the Mighty Blues to clinch the league with a superior goal difference. Other fixtures for this weekend will see FC Likhopo host Liphakoe at the Bambatha Ts’ita while Swallows will try to avoid relegation when they entertain Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS), and Galaxy welcome Lesotho Mounted Police Service at the Maputsoe DIFA stadium.
Lioli FC visit Kick4Life at the LCS ground, Majantja another side staring relegation in the face entertain Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) at Mohale’s Hoek as the last matches of the 2018/19 soccer season will be played at the same time.