Lioli win to climb into second place

Lioli win to climb into second place

Maseru – Defending champions Lioli climbed into second place in the Vodacom Premier League thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 win over Liphakoe yesterday afternoon in Quthing.
The win has leapfrogged “Tse Nala” over Kick4Life on goal difference.
Things are very tight at the top.

Lioli and Kick4Life both have 38 points, two fewer than leaders Bantu. However, ‘Tse Nala’ and Kick4Life have a game in hand on ‘A Matšo Matebele’.
Lioli’s latest triumph, their fourth league win in a row, was a struggle against a rejuvenated Liphakoe side that has been transformed by the January appointment of Motebang Makhetha as coach.

Influential Lioli midfielder Tšoanelo Koetle was sent off just before the halftime break after receiving a straight red card meaning the champions would have to play the entire second half, in a hostile environment, with 10 men.

However, Halemakale Mahlaha’s side showed their championship quality.  They modified their approach and, once again, Lioli’s impregnable defence came to the fore.
“Tse Nala” are yet to concede a goal in the league in 2017 and, with their rear-guard shut, there was always a chance only one goal would seal the deal in Quthing.
And so it proved as midway through the second half substitute Obakeng Modirwa struck decisively to score one of his most important goals in a Lioli shirt.
With the win, Lioli can focus on their next assignment with confidence.

It will be another difficult and intriguing one as they host title rivals Kick4Life at the Setsoto Stadium on Sunday.
In what is turning out to be the most exciting title race in years, Sunday’s clash promises to be another dramatic chapter between a Lioli side looking for a third successive title and the new boys in town looking to upset the established order.

In yesterday’s other game, Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) ran out 2-0 winners over Lesotho Correctional Service with Mojela Letsie again on the score-sheet for the army side.
Letsie’s goal was the 13th of another prolific season for the evergreen striker and it moved him to the top of the Vodacom Premier League goal-scoring charts.

How they lined-up:
Liphakoe: Tšilo, Mokhochane, Nnena, Tlali, Letseka, Moabi, Rammoneng, Skosana, Mokhachane, Ramabele, Moshoeshoe

Lioli: Mokhehle, Moremoholo, Sello, Tseka, Ramoseeka, Koetle, Khutlang, Moletsane, Lekhooana, Mofolo, Seturumane.

Luciah Phahla

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