â€¦as Leribe side faces 2nd-placed Bantu
Linare hosts defending champions Bantu on Saturday at Maputsoe DiFA Stadium. Tse Tala looks to bounce back from their last weekend 0-1 loss to Lesotho Mounted Police Services (LMPS).
Linare head coach Teboho Moloi stated that they would be looking to capitalize on the advantage of having had game time while their opponents have not had game time.
Only four teams have had game time in the premier league so far since the resumption of the elite league which had been suspended since July when sports activities were put on hold on the account of Covid-19 pandemic.
Another game saw Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) defeat Liphakoe 1-0 at Ratjomose Ground on Saturday as the first round of catch-up games took place.
â€œOur game last week was good and we were creating a lot of chances though luck was not on our side since we failed to convert our chances.
â€œAs much as we lost last week, we have a chance no to redeem ourselves against a team that has not had game time at least for the past three months,â€ Moloi said.
The teams only had three weeks to prepare for the resumption of the league after it was announced that the 2020/21 season will resume, this Moloi said was not enough time.
â€œThe time of course was not enough given the lengthy period we took inactive but we have to make do of what we have and forge forward,â€ he said. He further mentioned that he was concerned about his teamâ€™s lack of the hunger to win.
â€œOn the other hand my biggest concern is that my team lacks motivation to win, I am not sure if this is because there has not been clarification and communication on what we are playing for in terms of domestic cups or it is just about the league title since it is unclear if Lesotho will send a team to CAF championâ€™s league,â€ he said.
Meanwhile, for his part, Bantu head coach Bob Mafoso, stated that lack of game time for his team is one of his biggest worries.
â€œLack of game time easily translates into lack of fitness and everyone knows, when a team is not fit enough anything is possible.
â€œWe are playing against a team that had a game last week and that gives them the upper hand over us however we wonâ€™t dwell much on that as we look to get a win,â€ Mafoso said.
In other fixtures taking place tomorrow, Lesotho Correctional Services (LCS) hosts Swallows at LCS ground, and LDF welcomes Kick4Life at Ratjomose Ground while LMPS travels to CCX in Hlotse.