‘We will bounce back’

MASERU — Premier league giants Likhopo say they are not pressing the panic button yet despite languishing in the relegation zone.

The 2006/2007 champions are lying 11th on the premier league log standings with just five wins from 17 matches this season.

On Sunday they face an acid test in their bid to stay in the Vodacom premier league when they play Matlama at Setsoto stadium.

Matlama are fourth.

Speaking with the Lesotho Times ahead of the key premier league match, star midfielder Bokang Mothoana said the next five games would be crucial in their quest to avoid the chop.

He however admitted that they are beginning to feel the pressure.

“There is pressure, but it is not a stage where we are going to press the panic button as yet,” Mothoana said.

“We need to have the killer instinct in every match we play before the end of the season.  We have to win this match against Matlama because we need to make sure the team stays in the premiership next season.”

He added: “We players know what to do and we know that three points are vital.

“We have five games to go and we are aware of what we must do to help the team avoid relegation.”

The left-footed Lesotho international said despite their poor campaign Likhopo would survive relegation.

Mothoana has scored twice in the five premier league matches he has played since re-joining Likhopo from Tunisian side Sportive Monastir in February.

In another match on Saturday Lioli will play third-placed Bantu in another clash of heavyweights.

On Sunday log leaders LCS will face Mpharance Celtics at Central Prison ground.

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