LDF’s failure to score goals worries coach

MASERU — Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) coach Malefetsane Pheko is a worried man.

Speaking to the Lesotho Times this week, Pheko said the club is worried that their poor form in front of goal might cost them the title come end of season in May.

Although LDF are currently leading the Vodacom Premier League log with 28 points, their lack of firepower has been too evident this season.

It would appear the club has not learnt from what happened last season when they were pipped to the title by Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) on goal difference.

LDF — popularly known as Sohle-Sohle — led for most of the season only to lose the title on the last day of the season on goal differences.

Pheko said they were aware of this history and were working hard to improving their scoring ability.

“It is a fact that we are all aware and it’s normally the only thing that hinders us from winning more league titles,” Pheko said.

He said it was worrying that his charges were able to create a lot of scoring opportunities but failed to convert them into goals.

“It is a worrying factor and just today (Tuesday), management, coaches and players sat down to discuss the same issue and forge a way forward,” Pheko said.

“The most important thing in football is winning and scoring more goals and we seriously need to change our style of play since we can’t score many goals,” he said.

LDF last Saturday beat Joy 2-1.

Pheko said they were now going to implement a strategy that his team used before 2004.

“We are now going to increase more attacking players into the box, it is not a new style to us. We used it way back when LDF used to win league titles and we hope it will work for us,” he said.

He added his players were coping with the new changes.

LDF are currently leading the log and have only tasted defeat twice since the season began last August.

But their failure to convert scoring opportunities into goals is likely to haunt the club.

This is the reality Pheko and his lads must start addressing if they are to entertain any hopes of winning the league this season.

LDF have the least number of goals among the top four teams in the league and risk dropping from the top spot.

They have only scored 15 goals in eight wins, four draws and two losses while second-placed Matlama have 16 goals in seven wins, four draws and three losses.

Third-placed LCS have scored the highest number of goals than any team and still have a game in hand.

Masheshena have 21 goals from seven wins, three draws and three losses, a reality LDF must be wary of.

Bantu have 17 goals in five wins, six draws and three losses.

Given that LDF are currently the second most successful team in the country with eight league titles, one less of Matlama, they must know that scoring goals and winning make league champions.

Weekend fixture:

Saturday: Lioli vs LCS (Teyateyaneng), Majantja vs LMPS (Mohales’ Hoek) and Likhopo vs Joy (Ratjomose).

Sunday: Bantu vs Matlama (Mafeteng), Mpharane Celtics vs LDF (St Michaels) and Linare vs Maduma (Hlotse).

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