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Luciah Phahla

Maseru

With the 2015/16 Vodacom Premier League season done and dusted, here are the players, and coach, that impressed the most.

Goalkeeper:

Liteboho Mokhehle (Lioli)

This is a difficult one because Mokhehle shared the stage with Kananelo Makhooane who was undeniably also superb in Lioli’s title campaign. However, Mokhehle’s ability to organise and communicate with his defence sees him pip Makhooane into our team. Mokhehle may have missed the much-awaited clash against Matlama last month due to a red card, but the saves he made to keep Lioli in games, especially in the beginning of the season, mean he remains the best goalkeeper in the Vodacom Premier League.

Defenders:

Basia Makepe (Lioli), Mafa Moremoholo (Lioli), Kopano Tseka (Lioli), Bokang Sello (Lioli)

Solid and ever-green, Lioli’s defence led by skipper Makepe only leaked 11 goals this season. Makepe and Moremoholo not only excelled defensively, they also added numbers when ‘Tse Nala’ were attacking thus putting opposition teams under pressure and in panic mode.

Midfielders:

Jane Thaba-Ntšo (Matlama), Kefuoe Mahula (Matlama), Jeremea Kamela (Lioli), Thabo Seakhoa (Lesotho Correctional Service)

Jane Thaba-Ntšo and Kefuoe Mahula: The Matlama duo was arguably at their best level this season and ending the season empty-handed just a point behind the champions is surely disheartening for them. Thaba-Ntšo’s deadly combination with ‘Tse Putsoa’ striker Motebang Sera saw them score almost half of Matlama’s league goals. Mahula’s highlight performance this season would definitely be against Lioli last month. Matlama lost the game 1-0 thanks to a sub-par display but Mahula was the only noticeable ‘Tse Putsoa’ player as he constantly intercepted Lioli’s attacks to keep the score at 1-0. He is undoubtedly the Vodacom Premier League’s most improved player this season.

Jerry Kamela: Our player of the season, Kamela started almost all of Lioli’s games this season and scored vital goals for ‘Tse Nala’ as they successfully defended their league title. Kamela has taken the title of the league’s free-kick specialist and deservedly so.

Thabo Seakhoa: He possesses the pace and skill that every player in the league desires. Seakhoa offers attacking options and although he was troubled by an injury, he was one of the best LCS players in their quest for the league title this past season.

Strikers:

Motebang Sera (Matlama), Roboama Koloti (Sandawana)

Roboama Koloti: His season may have ended in a disappointing way after Motebang Sera pipped him to the golden boot award on the last day. However, what makes Koloti special is not only his eye for goals but his ability to play in two different positions and still excel. He is naturally a midfielder but he can also play as a striker and he switched positions for Sandawana numerous times this season. His 13 league goals and brilliant performances helped Sandawana reach their first-ever top four finish.

Motebang Sera: If he had converted all the chances he got this season, Sera would have surely broken Litšepe Marabe’s 24 goal mark set last year. He admitted this himself. Nevertheless, he did his job superbly as the target-man. With 14 goals to his name and a national team call-up, Sera is surely a happy man.

Substitutes:

Daniel Jousse (LCS), Tumelo Khutlang (Lioli), Morapeli Lesoetsa (Kick4Life), Hlompho Kalake (Bantu), Lesia Thetsane (Kick4Life)

Most improved player of the season: Kefuoe Mahula (Matlama)

Player of the season: Jeremea Kamela (Lioli)

Young player of the season: Lesia Thetsane (Kick4Life)

Thetsane did well defensively for Kick4Life. For the club to finish sixth in the league this past season it was because their defence was lively and organised. The left-back also improved from his performance last season where Kick4Life nearly got relegated. Linare’s Khubetsoana Kamela also did exceptionally well but Thetsane excelled throughout the season. At only 18 years old, Thetsane has a bright future.

Coach of the season: Mosholi Mokhothu (Lioli)

Mokhothu not only guided Lioli to a second successive league title but also to cup glory with victory in the LNIG Top 8 in April. His team is tactically organised and ‘Tse Nala’ attack and defend in numbers. Their midfield is their strongest weapon and that is where Lioli win their games. Under Mokhothu’s leadership this team can defend their title next season.

 

 

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