Uncertainty over Lioli, Sky tie

Uncertainty over Lioli, Sky tie

Maseru – Lioli say they are ready for Saturday’s Econet Premier League encounter against Sky Battalion despite uncertainty over whether the game will go ahead because of unrest in the Sky Battalion camp.

Sky Battalion have endured a miserable start to the season and on Tuesday rumours spread on social media claiming players have abandoned training until their grievances over pay are met. The developments have put this weekend’s match into doubt and cast a cloud over Sky Battalion’s continued participation in the Econet Premier League.

Sky Battalion sold their premier league status to National University of Lesotho outfit Rovers in August after the club failed to pay players and staff but the problems have not ended. It is claimed that the players do not have football kit and feel neglected.
Nonetheless, Lioli’s communication and marketing manager Tšeliso Lerata said ‘Tse Nala’ are preparing themselves as normal for Saturday’s game which is set to be played at the Lioli Stadium in Teyateyaneng.

“We are ready for our game this weekend,” he said.
“The boys trained well and everybody looks sharp. Yes, we have heard and read about Sky Battalion’s problems on social media. We don’t know if the game will continue but if they don’t turn up it is not our problem, but they if do, we are waiting for them.”
Last week Sky Battalion was hit with a heavy six-point deduction by the Premier League Management Committee (PLMC) for registering late for the 2017/18 season.

They have played six games this season and are yet to win a match leaving them rooted to the bottom of the league with minus 6 points.
Lioli, on the other hand, are tied with Bantu at top of the table with 16 points with the sides only separated by goal difference. Bantu dropped their first points of the season last Saturday when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Lesotho Defence Force in Maputsoe.

Meanwhile, Lerata also assured ‘Tse Nala’ fans that the club’s technical director, Antonio Flores, is doing well after being attacked by thugs on Sunday evening at Lioli’s clubhouse in Mohalalitoe.
Lerata said the thieves assaulted Flores and made away with his laptop but he said the Spaniard did not suffer any serious injuries.

Weekend Fixtures:
Saturday
Lioli vs. Sky Battalion (Teyateyaneng 15:00)
Kick4Life vs. LDF (LCS 13:00)
LCS vs. Linare (LCS 15:00)
Sunday
Likhopo vs. Bantu (Ha Ratjomose 15:00)
Sefotha-fotha vs. Liphakoe (PTC 15:00)
Matlama vs. LMPS (TBC)
Majantja vs. Sundawana (Mohale’s Hoek)

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