Ramorebodi’s ‘Second Coming’

Ramorebodi’s ‘Second Coming’

MASERU – The first round of the Econet Premier League is in the books and teams are now looking forward to the second round of the season. The league action continued this past weekend and here is our take.

Ramorebodi makes a winning start
Last week Lioli announced the unexpected return of South African coach Morena Ramorebodi to their dugout.
Ramorebodi was on the bench on Sunday and he watched his side beat Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) to make a winning start to his second spell in charge.

Ramorebodi was first hired as Lioli coach in January 2018 amid much fanfare but lasted only six months. It remains to be seen if the second time around will be a charm for the marriage between ‘Tse Nala’ and the respected South Africa coach who has several years’ experience of coaching professionally across the border.

The start to the second Ramorebodi era was promising as Lioli ran out 4-1 winners over LDF last Saturday.
It was a big improvement on the disjointed displays Lioli showed for much of this season and which led to the departure of Thabile Secker as coach in October.
‘Tse Nala’ spent the next two months without a coach but in Ramorebodi’s first game they were too much to handle against an LDF team that had beaten them 4-1 just days before.
At last Lioli gave their supporters a reason to smile and they climbed up to sixth position on the log with the win.

If ‘Tse Nala’ can string together a few more similar performances they could still crack the league’s top four because of the inconsistency of the clubs above and around them.
Lioli are in action this weekend in the LNIG Top 8 and in their next league game they will host the high-flying Lifofane.
The Teyateyaneng-based side will feel they have a point to prove against the Econet Premier League newcomers after they suffered a shock 2-0 defeat when the teams met in Butha-Buthe in the first round.

Bantu running away with the title
There is no denying Bantu are running away with the Econet Premier League title.
It’s only January but it is almost certain the title will be going to Mafeteng.
This past weekend it was business as usual for the log leaders as they thrashed relegation threatened Swallows 3-0 to continue their impressive unbeaten run.
At the moment the main question isn’t whether Bantu will win the league, it is which team will stop them because ‘A Matšo Matebele’ look like they could be invincible this season.
Swallows, for their part, remain rooted to the bottom of the log and they could be on their way back to the A-Division unless they miraculously survive again this season.

Secker yet to settle at Lijabatho
Life hasn’t been easy for Thabile Secker at Lijabatho.
Secker took over as coach of the new boys at the start of the year but the team is yet to register a victory in the three matches since he was appointed.
Under Secker, Lijabatho lost 2-1 to Lesotho Mounted Police, fell 1-0 to Lioli before registering a goalless draw with Linare last Saturday.
The result is the Morija side are still facing a fight for their lives to stay up. As things stand, they are second from bottom on the log with nine points from 14 games.
Lijabatho could still find themselves in a safer position if they get results in the next games. However, it is difficult run with (LMPS), Sefotha-fotha and Liphakoe next in line for Secker’s side.

Mojakhomo under pressure
Katiso Mojakhomo is treading on thin ice at Kick4Life with more impressive talk off the field than results on the field.
On so many occasions this season Mojakhomo has talked about how it is time Kick4Life showed consistency but there is still nothing to show for his words.
There is no denying Mojakhomo had a challenge on his hands having arrived at the Old Europa side just a few weeks before the start of this season following the sudden departure of Bob Mafoso to Bantu.

That being said, it is difficult to see what he has done to improve the team.
Kick4Life’s only win in the last seven games came last week against Econet Premier League whipping boys Swallows.
After Sunday’s 2-0 loss to Matlama, Kick4Life are back to square one and if the poor results continue, Mojakhomo could be out of the door.
Kick4Life’s management is known for being patient with coaches and giving them time. However, with the squad that has been assembled, Kick4Life should not be 9th in the Econet Premier League were they are averaging just over a point per game.

Tlalane Phahla

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