Top 8 roars into life

Top 8 roars into life

Maseru – Majantja and Sefotha-fotha will be out to add further silverware to seasons of success when the A-Division Top 8 roars into life this weekend at the Bambatha Tšita Sports Arena.
The launch and draw for the competition which is sponsored by the Lesotho Football Association was made last Friday and it has handed tricky quarterfinal ties to Majantja and Sefotha-fotha who won promotion to the Vodacom Premier League in the just ended A-Division season.

South Stream champions Majantja will face Limkokwing University on Saturday while North Stream winners Sefotha-fotha will lock horns with Swallows the following day.
The other last eight ties will see Lerotholi Polytechnic battle Roma Boys on Saturday and Galaxy meet Van Rooyen United on Sunday.
All the games will be played at Bambatha and the grand prize on offer for the Top 8’s winners is M8 000.

Speaking to thepost, A-Division Management Committee public relations officer Mothusi Letsie said this year’s Top 8 will be even more fascinating because teams from the respective streams will be out to prove a point to their counterparts.

He said ADMACO has used a seeding method for the first time to ensure teams from the same stream do not face each other in the quarterfinals.
“This year we used a seeding method meaning we will not see teams from South Stream playing against each other or teams from North Stream doing the same like it happened last year,” Letsie explained.

“I think this year it will be very interesting because now the teams are out to prove themselves. Teams from South will be out to prove that they are better than the teams from North. If you look, Limkokwing will want to beat Majantja who are the South champions and there is Sefotha-fotha, the North champions, against Swallows. It will be interesting to see how the champions will do.”

The draw also revealed the competition’s rewards. The fourth-placed team will earn M4 000, the side finishing third will take home M5000 and the runners up will receive M6500.
There will also be individual awards for the tournament’s best goalkeeper, best player and top goalscorer.

Letsie also revealed that the annual Champ of Champs decider between the winners of the first division’s South and North streams will go ahead.
However, the date of the clash between Majantja and Sefotha-fotha will depend on how the two sides fare in the Top 8.
“If both teams get knocked out (early) in the Top 8 the match will take place on June 11,” Letsie said.

“However, if they both reach to the Top 8 final, the Champ of Champs match will be played on May 27. The match will take place before the (LEFA) general elections (likely on June 3) because we are trying to wrap up our games in time due to the upcoming general elections.”

Letsie added: “If the (Champ of Champs) match can take place before the elections it will save costs for the clubs because it means the players will still be together in one place unlike if they have to meet again after the elections.”

The prize money for the Champ of Champs finale will remain the same as last year.
The winners will walk away M8 500 richer; the losers will receive M5 500 consolation.

A-Division Top 8 quarterfinals:
Saturday
Lerotholi Polytechnic vs. Roma Boys (12:00)
Limkokwing University vs. Majantja (14:00)
Sunday
Galaxy vs. Van Rooyen United (12:00)
Swallows vs. Sefotha-fotha (14:00)

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