League fixtures released

League fixtures released

……………Bantu begin title defence against Sefotha-fotha……….

MASERU – The Premier League Management Committee (PLMC) has released the fixtures for the 2018/19 Econet Premier League season and champions Bantu start their title defence against Sefotha-fotha on September 15.
Last season, Bantu were crowned champions ahead of rivals Lioli and Matlama and they became the first team to win the premier league under the new sponsors, Econet.

The Mafeteng giants walked away with half a million maloti for their efforts.
While Bantu’s opening game might not be the one their fans were looking forward to, things get very spicy in their second match when they are scheduled to meet Lioli.

The league’s fixture seem to follow a similar and new pattern to other leagues around with headline-grabbing matches being played at the beginning of the season.

It doesn’t happen very often. Normally the big games are placed around October and November to build momentum and anticipation for such games.
Last weekend in South Africa, the league season opened with a marquee game between Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs.
Over in the English Premier League, Manchester City meet Arsenal in this weekend’s opening round.

A game between Lioli and Bantu, of course, never disappoints in terms of crowd attendance, entertainment and drama.
However, Bantu may feel a little bit aggrieved by the fixture. Their third match is away at Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) one of the hardest teams to beat in the league that relies mostly on pace and strength.

It appears if Bantu are to retain their title, they are going to have to work for it.
Lioli have not been that fortunate either, they have an ambitious Kick4Life side under their new coach Bob Mafoso on the first day.
Given the signings they have made, Kick4Life should still be a strong team even though they lost last season’s top goalscorer Masoabi Nkoto who joined South African National First Division side Real Kings.

Matlama, the other title favourites, have an easier three opening games with Linare on the cards on the first day followed by Sefotha-fotha and Likhopo. ‘Tse Putsoa’ will be looking to win all three games and bag maximum points ahead of the Independence Cup in October.
Opening Day Fixtures:

Saturday

Bantu vs. Sefotha-fotha (Setsoto Stadium)
LDF vs. Majantja (LDF)
Lioli vs. Kick4Life (TY)

Sunday

LMPS vs. Galaxy (LMPS)
LCS vs. Swallows (LCS)
Liphakoe vs. Likhopo (TBA)
Linare vs. Matlama (DiFA Maputsoe)

Luciah Phahla

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