LDF Ladies a point away from league title

LDF Ladies a point away from league title

Mohale’s Hoek – Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) Ladies need just one more point from their final two matches to win the 2017 Women’s Super League. If successful it would mark the club’s second league triumph having previously won the championship as Likhosatsana in the inaugural 2015 season before relinquishing the title to Setoko last year.

With glory beckoning, all eyes at Ratjomose are focused on next Saturday’s clash against basement dwellers Sky Battalion – a game that could cap a magical season for LDF Ladies. So far they have been unstoppable. Last Saturday, LDF mauled Berea Ladies 6-1 at the Mohale’s Hoek DIFA Ground in another demonstration of the ruthless efficiency that has made them the cream of the crop this season.

No team has scored more than the LDF’s 45 goals or conceded less (4). And, after 12 games, they are undefeated and sitting comfortably six points ahead of Kick4Life who were supposed to be their closest challengers. Needless to say, LDF coach Lehloenya Nkhasi was pleased with his side’s display against Berea. “The game went according to my expectations because our purpose was to win every game that is left this season and put aside the fact that we are leading the standings,” he said.

“The important thing was to keep on scoring and to win the game comfortably. It was important to build our confidence as well.”
That confidence should be sky high with LDF also boosted by the knowledge they possess the league’s most deadly striker. Led by the scoring exploits of Kholu Lebakeng who has 17 goals, LDF have been too hot to handle of late.
And, as they prepare to face a Sky Battalion side that has won just once this season and is rock bottom with five points, all signs point to a title celebration for the army club.

Nkhasi, however, tried his best to preach caution. “It’s up to (Kick4Life) if they think they will reach us; we will see, but I doubt. But it doesn’t mean we are sitting in a comfort zone,” he said. “A league is a marathon,” Nkhasi added. “There are only two games left and we have always been saying: “one game at a time”. Since we have passed this match against Berea we will be focusing on the next game.”

For Kick4Life, LDF’s win over Berea was the worst news they could have received as they cling to dying hopes of a first league crown.
It meant that despite beating Sky Battalion 3-1 last Saturday, Kick4Life still need a miracle to be crowned champions.
Their assistant coach, Maile Mokoena, refused to throw in the towel, however.

“We executed our game-plan against Sky Battalion and I am happy with the team’s performance. We are focusing on ourselves and not what the opponents are doing,” he said. Regardless, next up the Old Europa side will face Mafeteng Sistas praying for their rivals to slip up. But, whatever Kick4Life’s prayers say, the Women’s Super League title is now very much LDF’s to lose.

Mohloai Mpesi

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