Ahead of their beMOBILE Premier League match against relegation-haunted Letlapeng this afternoon, Mochudi Centre Chiefs’ head coach Mike ‘Dubula’ Sithole says it is important for his troops to be at their best if they anticipate winning the League championship. Magosi are at the top with 47 points from 21 outings and bookmakers have tipped them as clear favourites to land their fourth title. “When you are at the top, people say a lot of things, but it is important to focus. At this point we cannot talk about winning the title because the League is a marathon. We need to be prepared for challenges such as suspensions and injuries. We can only say something when we’re left with two matches. What we need to do is to prepare the players mentally so that they’ll be ready for any bullet which would come their way in the remaining fixtures,” Sithole told this publication on Friday morning.
After taking advantage of early pacesetters Township Rollers’ poor run, Sithole pointed out that they are going to treat each game as a cup final. After being eliminated from the Mascom Top 8 Cup by Nico United, Magosi have only the League to fight for if they foresee winning silverware this season. “We’re going to respect our opponents irrespective of their position on the log. That’s what we did against Sankoyo Bush Bucks (on February 26) and we won the game 3-1. If we come into the other games with a negative attitude, then we’ll not be able to achieve our objectives,” Sithole added. This afternoon’s clash against resurrected Letlapeng would once again test Chiefs’ title credentials. Though they are lying at the bottom of the log, Letlapeng have proven that they can be dangerous. “We’ve prepared well for Letlapeng and I’m confident that we’ll get positive results,” he continued.
Against Letlapeng, Chiefs will once again rely on the magic of the League’s top scorer Lemponye Tshireletso who has been in fine form this season. Tshireletso has netted 13 goals in 21 matches. In their last game against Bush Bucks, Chiefs’ mentor was all smiles when his striker Kekaetswe ‘Mara’ Moloi marked his return to the starting line-up with a well taken hat trick. On the other hand, Letlapeng have warned Magosi not to expect an easy match this afternoon. Letlapeng are buoyed by their 1-0 win over Extension Gunners in their last match on February 25. “We know that Chiefs are a strong side and they’re at the top of the log but we’re going out there to give a good account of ourselves. It is not going to be an easy match because we need every point,” said Letlapeng head coach Blessing Moyo. Letlapeng are at the bottom of the log with 12 points. Kick off for Letlapeng-Chiefs match is 3.45pm.