All eyes back on premier league

All eyes back on premier league

MASERU – The international break is over and club football is back.
The season resumes with the Econet Premier League heating up at both ends of the table.
With only two months to go until the end of the campaign, this weekend will be another make or break test for all of the top-flight’s 14 clubs.

Most eyes, of course, will be on the three title chasing sides, each of whom has a tricky tie to deal with.
Matlama, who lead the table with 44 points from 19 games, will host a desperate Swallows side looking to avoid relegation on Sunday at Setsoto Stadium.
On Saturday, second-placed Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) – with 41 points from 20 games – also face a side desperate for points when they meet top four hopefuls Kick4Life.
As for the champions, Bantu, they have a potential banana-skin against a talented and unpredictable Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) side on Saturday at Setsoto.

‘A Matšo Matebele’ are third in the Econet premiership with 39 points from 18 games and can’t afford any slip-ups if they are to claim an historic third successive championship.
The stakes in the title race are clearly increasing by the week and so is the pressure.
However, speaking to thepost yesterday, Bantu coach James Madidilane backed his players to carry on their fight for the league crown.

Madidilane said the two-week international break was not ideal because his star-studded side had players such as Hlompho Kalake and Litšepe Marabe away on duty with the national side, Likuena, against Cape Verde.
The former Bloemfontein Celtic and South Africa defender said Bantu had not only been robbed of impetus gathered before the break, but they now also have to manage players recovering from the exhausting international duty.
“I would not say the international break helped us because our team already gained momentum before the break and (the international break) stopped the good thing that we had going. I do not think players like Hlompho have recovered from the tiredness (of playing for Likuena),” he said.
Madidilane said he will have to alter his starting line-up against LMPS as a result.

“All my players who played in Cape Verde (on Sunday) will not start the game (against LMPS) because I do not think we would be doing justice to them, we have to help them recover first,” Madidilane said.
“Overall, I think my boys are fresh and I also think their fitness level is good too, I will say, yes, they will be back to their usual performance that they are known of,” he said.

Weekend fixtures:
Saturday:

Setsoto Stadium
LDF vs. Lioli (13:00)
LMPS vs. Bantu (15:00)

LCS Ground
Liphakoe vs. Majantja (13:00)
LCS vs. Kick4Life (15:00)

Sunday:

Maputsoe
Linare vs. Galaxy (15:00)

Setsoto Stadium
Likhopo vs. Sefotha-fotha (13:00)
Matlama vs. Swallows (15:00)

Nkheli Liphoto

 

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