League season delayed

League season delayed

MASERU – The 2018/19 Econet Premier League season will kick off on September 8, the league has confirmed.
According to Premier League Management Committee (PLMC) spokesperson, Lekholoa Mosito, the league campaign will start later than usual this year due to a FIFA proposal that the season begin after all player registrations are complete.

Mosito said another reason the PLMC has been forced to delay the start of the new season is Lesotho’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Cape Verde that has been scheduled to take place at Setsoto Stadium on September 4.
The campaign will now start in the first week of September with the league set to reveal the fixtures list in the coming weeks, Mosito said.
“The league will start later this season, on September 8,” he said.

“This is due to a proposal from FIFA that the league should start after the registration period is complete and remember our registration here at home ends on August 31. And we looked at the weekend after and realised that Likuena is playing and then we decided September 8 is the date to start.”
Mosito said the league has drawn up the 2018/19 season’s fixtures in such a way that it will not be forced to postpone matches.

“Of course it’s late (to start the season), the league normally starts in August but we tried to draw the fixture up in a way that we may not have to postpone matches unless it’s something we can’t control like weather,” Mosito said.
“We are not planning to postpone matches this season. It does happen that even with planning you may still be forced to postpone but we looked at the dates and thought it through thoroughly. It’s not easy, you realise that we have a whole month of August and extra week of September without football,” he added.

The league has had problems in the past with clubs delaying to register players and others failing to meet the final deadline altogether. Last season Linare were docked three points for late registration while the likes of Sky Battalion and Sundawana failed to turn up for their opening games of the campaign.

Luciah Phahla

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