League is back!

League is back!

…….As LCS seek to open gap at the top…..

MASERU – The Econet Premier League is back this weekend after the international break and Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) have the opportunity to open a gap on joint leaders Matlama if they beat Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) on Sunday.
‘Masheshena’ and ‘Tse Putsoa’ are tied at the top with 17 points from eight games but Matlama are not in action this weekend because their clash against Bantu has been postponed to give ‘A Matšo Matebele’ a chance to prepare for their CAF Champions League tie against Botswana champions Township Rollers next Tuesday.

Bantu played friendly matches against different South African outfits over the international break and last Saturday ‘A Matšo Matebele’ took on Premier Soccer League outfit Bloemfontein Celtic in the Cherry Cup in Ficksburg and lost the game 2-1.
The league says it has postponed the blockbuster tie between Matlama and Bantu which was scheduled for Saturday because the Mafeteng giants will not have enough time to recover for their game in Botswana.

Matlama’s absence opens the door for ‘Masheshena’ who were in fine form before the international break.
Mpitsa Marai’s side have only lost once in the eight matches they have played so far and although goal-scoring is a big problem in the country at the moment, LCS lead the charts with 17 goals and have only conceded five.

Their record is the opposite of LMPS who have a goal difference of zero. ‘Simunye’ have only scored six goals and have let in the same number.
Whenever LCS and LMPS meet the match is always about power and strength. ‘Masheshena’ have a good record against their opponents and will look to build on that.
Elsewhere, Independence Cup champions Lioli take on Linare on Sunday in Teyateyaneng.

The premier league title hopefuls are eighth in the league with 10 points from eight games and need to be closer to the top brass if they are to challenge for the title. While it is still early, Lehlohonolo Thotanyana’s charges must start collecting points to catch up with the likes of Matlama, LCS and Bantu above them.

In other matches, fourth-placed Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) are one of the teams that have been consistent this season and they welcome Liphakoe to the Ratjomose ground on Sunday.
A victory for ‘Sohle-Sohle’ could move them to the top depending on LCS’s result against LMPS. However, Liphakoe have shown they are no pushovers and LDF will have to dig deep to get a win against the Quthing side.

Not only have Liphakoe been impressive at getting results, they have also been able to protect their lead when they score first which was again the case last time out they beat Lioli 2-0.
Liphakoe are fifth on the log standings, just a point behind LDF.

Weekend fixtures:
Saturday (15:00)

Sefotha-fotha vs. Galaxy (LDF)
Majantja vs. Swallows (DIFA Mohale’s Hoek)
Kick4Life vs. Likhopo (LCS)
Matlama vs. Bantu (PP)

Sunday (15:00)

Lioli vs. Linare (TY)
LDF vs. Liphakoe (LDF)

(Times and venues subject to change)

Luciah Phahla

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