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LMPS targets Bantu skull

Chris Theko

The Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) is hoping to chop off Bantu skull when the two sides meet tomorrow in a Vodacom Premier League (VPL) catch-up match at Ratjomose Ground.

Simunye, as the police side is affectionately known, goes into the match at the back of a 1-0 win over Liphakoe last weekend having previously lost a match against Lioli the week before and a loss against log leaders Matlama.

Bantu on the other hand, goes into the match with equally-high spirits following their emphatic 6-0 thrashing of Manonyane and three draws, 1-1 against Lesotho Defence Force (LDF), 1-1 against Swallows and a 2-2 against Kick4Life.

The police outfit mentor Seephephe Matete, told Newsday Sports that they know Bantu are going to be a difficult opponent to beat but they are ready for the challenge.

“They have been having some internal problems I am aware and they have recently been struggling but they come into this game after a strong win over Manonyane so they will be highly motivated but we are ready for the challenge,” Matete said. 

“They are a big team which we respect and they will definitely be coming strong so we need to be more careful as they will be fighting to bounce back to winning ways,” said Matete, adding that they are still in a regrouping process as they are not yet where he wants them to be.

“We are still in a recuperating phase, identifying our strengths which will help us to protect our weaknesses so it is not just going to be easy.

“We have a solid defense and midfield, so we are still trying to find an attacker then we will be set,” Matete said.

Bantu coach Teboho Tšiu who recently re-joined the team, is facing some challenges but said they have quality players who are capable.

“Last weekend win, was a good motivation so we are going to be carrying that momentum although LMPS being a very good side also will not make it easy.

“It is worrying because one cannot really tell whether we are going through a rough patch just like any other team or our problems are a result of bad organisation,” he said.

He said that LDF and LMPs are one of the stable teams in the league.

“LMPS, like LDF, is one of the teams which are stable in terms of playing personnel.

“We do not have numbers in terms of playing personnel but we have a quality so we will go into the match to fight,” said Mafoso. In other league catch-up games, LCS hosts LDF at LCS ground tomorrow, while log leaders Matlama, will take on Lifofane at LCS in a second match of a double-header set for LCS Ground.

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