Masheshena look the  real deal

Masheshena look the real deal

MASERU-This 2018/19 version of Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) looks like the real deal.
After several years of close calls and tears this finally could be the season the once dominant ‘Masheshena’ break their title drought which dates back to 2012.
With just four months to go until the end of the 2018/19 Econet Premier League campaign, the six-time league champions are perched in pole position in the title race after they extended their lead to four points last Saturday with a 4-0 victory over Likhopo.

The win was LCS’s fourth in a row and maintained an unbeaten streak that began back in October.
Since then ‘Masheshena’ have gone 10 games without losing, including eight wins.
Their latest success came courtesy of goals from Mosiuoa Boseka and Lehlohonolo Lenka and it has given Mpitsa Marai’s side a nice cushion as the season enters its business end.

Against Likhopo, LCS once again showed their championship CV against a dangerous ‘Red Army’ side that went into the game with three wins from their previous four outings.
But, as has been the case for much of this season, ‘Masheshena’ had too much firepower for their opponents as they increased their impressive goals tally to 25 while their defence – which has conceded a measly 0.5 goals per game this season – again played a complementary role to keep a clean sheet, LCS’s fourth in a row.
Saturday’s complete team display was another example why confidence is sky-high at LCS’s headquarters that this is their year.

“I am still comfortable that we will win the league, especially because we have been winning our matches; if we keep on playing according to the plans, we will succeed,” Marai said confidently after his side’s latest win.
So far LCS have amassed a total of 33 points from 14 games.
They lead second-placed Matlama by four points and, although ‘Masheshena’ have played a game more, points in the bag – as they say – are better than those still to be gained.
For a team that is looking for their first league title since 2012, LCS have also shown a remarkable level of composure to this point.

Maybe it is because defending champions Bantu have been distracted by their African adventures which have them fifth in the league as things stand.
Maybe it is because Marai’s formula is clearly working.
Last Saturday, LCS again dominated the midfield and did not allow their opponents any time on the ball, forcing Likhopo into numerous errors.

The youthful ‘Red Army’ did threaten at times, but in those moments LCS’s greater experience shone through to seal victory for the league leaders.
Marai is confident that if LCS continue to put up performances like last Saturday’s and take things “one game at a time” they will be crowned Econet Premier League champions come the end of the season.
“Likhopo are one of the most energetic teams in the country but if that is managed well in the game then you will win,” the ‘Masheshena’ boss said.

“We hope that the season ends the way things are and we are still holding on (at the top),” Marai added when asked about LCS’s prospects going forward.
“Performance-wise we are not going to sit back; we are going to hold it tight by keeping on practising the way we play. We do not need to change tactically, what is important is that we have to make sure that we win our games.”
At this moment the Econet Premier League title definitely looks like LCS’s to win.

Nkheli Liphoto

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