premier League to burst into life

premier League to burst into life

Maseru – The 2017/18 Premier League season finally gets underway on Saturday with Matlama facing Liphakoe and Bantu hosting Sefotha-fotha.

All eyes, though, will be on Bantu as the champions begin their title defence against newly-promoted Sefotha-fotha at the Maputsoe DiFA Stadium.

‘A Matšo Matebele’ go into the opener with several key players doubtful including captain Thapelo Mokhehle who sustained an injury in the side’s final preseason games.

Speaking to thepost on Wednesday, Bantu communications and marketing manager Moeketsi Matooane said Mokhehle will undergo a late fitness test to decide if he will feature against Sefotha-fotha.

Injury doubts aside, however, Matooane said the champions are raring to begin their title defence.

“The team is ready for this weekend; we have been working hard throughout the preseason, not only for this game, but for the entire season. But we have to start with this one,” he said.

“It is unfortunate for us that we starting the new season with a few injuries to some of our players but we cannot use it as an excuse at all, it is part of the game. Tender (Mokhehle) was one of the players the coach was worried about but we cannot say much at the moment. We will see whether he will be able make it this weekend or not, but we are ready,” Matooane said.

Due to the Confederation of School Sport Association (COSASA) Ball Games that will be played at Setsoto and Bambatha Tšita Sports Arena on Saturday, Bantu have been forced to look for an alternative venue for their showdown against Sefotha-fotha.

Matooane said the club has secured Maputsoe’s DiFA Ground but he could not confirm whether the match will still form a double header with Matlama’s tie against Liphakoe as was originally scheduled when the league fixtures were released.

For Bantu’s opponents, Sefotha-fotha, the opener is a baptism of fire into the elite league. The club’s general manager, Hlompho Maitin, admitted the new boys face an uphill battle against the champions but he expressed confidence in the team Sefotha-fotha have assembled for their debut top-flight season.

“We have played a few friendly matches where the new players played and they gelled well with the team. We believe we have a team that can compete and produce results for us this season,” he said.

Meanwhile, last season runners up Lioli welcome Sundawana to Setsoto Stadium on Sunday and the club’s communication and marketing manager Tšeliso Lerata said the Teyateyaneng giants could not have asked for a better opponent for their opener. “With Sundawana we have our daily bread and we are set to continue where we left off last season,” he said.

Lerata also confirmed ‘Tse Nala’ are working tirelessly to wrap up new signings before the transfer window shuts this evening.

Weekend Premier League fixtures:

Saturday (15:00 subject to change)

Bantu vs. Sefotha-fotha (Maputsoe DiFA Ground)

Matlama vs. Liphakoe (TBC)

Sunday

LCS vs. LMPS (LCS 15:00)

Majantja vs. Linare (TBC)

Lioli vs. Sundawana (Setsoto Stadium)

Kick4Life vs. Sky Battalion (LCS 13:00)

Likhopo vs. LDF (TBC)

Luciah Phahla

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