Bantu to take on Sefotha-fotha

Bantu to take on Sefotha-fotha

MASERU – Vodacom Premier League champions Bantu will begin their title defence against newly-promoted Sefotha-fotha on August 26.
The intriguing match-up was revealed yesterday when the premier league released its much-awaited fixture list for the first round of the 2017/18 season.
Bantu’s clash against Sefotha-fotha will be part of a tasty double header to kick-off the new campaign with the day’s other match seeing Matlama face Liphakoe.
Both games will be played at Setsoto Stadium and premier league public relations officer Mosito Lekholoa said August 26 is the perfect date to start the new season because it gives clubs enough time to prepare.

“We chose the 26th (of) August to give the clubs an opportunity to prepare for the new season and to also give them the fixtures in time,” Lekholoa said.
“Remember, our season ends before winter and 26th August is a later date to begin the league; it gives the clubs enough time, we did not want an early date that could clash with the clubs’ preparations.” Last season saw an exciting title race between Bantu and Lioli that went down to the final day of the season.
The league campaign was also notable for the Cinderella stories of upstarts Kick4Life and Sky Battalion who finished fourth and fifth respectively.
Will the 2017/18 Vodacom Premier League season offer the same drama?
Lekholoa said the premier league hopes so.

“This season I think it is going to be more tough and competitive for the teams,” he said. “Remember, last season we went in to the last game still not sure who would win the league and the winner was decided in the last minute. I think this year will not be easy as well.” Something the league doesn’t want to see, however, is hooliganism.

The 2016/17 season was marred by violence on numerous occasions with the worst cases ending in both Matlama and Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) being docked three points.
Lekholoa said the league’s clampdown this season will target individuals who cause violence instead of punishing teams.

“We are hoping for good behaviour from the fans this season and, if possible, we are planning to punish individuals that can be found fighting or inciting violence at play grounds. You know, we always punish teams, meanwhile there are individuals who are causing violence and they get away with it,” he said.
The league’s kick-off date also has match officials in mind, Lekholoa continued. “The start date of the (league) fixture also provides match officials with an opportunity to prepare and come into the new season with bright and cool heads,” he said.
Opening weekend fixture:
Saturday, 26 August
Matlama vs. Liphakoe (13:00, Setsoto stadium)
Bantu vs. Sefotha-fotha (15:00, Setsoto stadium)

Sunday, 27 August(Kick offs at 15:00)

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