League programme postponed

League programme postponed

Maseru – This weekend’s Econet Premier League action has been postponed because of Saturday’s local government elections.
Speaking on Tuesday, Mosito Lekholoa – the Premier League Management Committee (PLMC) public relations officer – said the move is to allow fans to exercise their right to vote.

Thanks to the postponement, the Econet premiership will return on the weekend of October 14 because next week has been set aside for the Independence Cup to be contested by Bantu, Lioli, Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) and Kick4Life.
The league now faces the challenge of rescheduling this weekend’s games to a new date, a tricky task considering the season is already a week behind after beginning on September 2 instead of August 26 because of a change in sponsorship from Vodacom Lesotho to Econet.

Lekholoa said midweek games will be one of the options on the table when the league meets to figure out how to finish the first round of the season by December.
“We have postponed this weekend’s games due to the elections and I don’t know when they will be played, it will depend when we have a free week to play the catch-up matches,” he said.

This latest rescheduling will likely cause fixture congestion for several clubs down the line. Kick4Life, Sky Battalion, Sundawana and Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS), for example, are already one game behind the rest of the league.
Kick4Life and Sky Battalion’s opening weekend fixture earlier this month was postponed while Sundawana and LMPS did not play this past weekend due to the unavailability of a venue to host the game.

However, for other Premier League sides the upcoming two-week break will be a blessing in disguise because it will give them an opportunity to fix problems and shake off injuries.  Likhopo, for example, only have two points from their opening four games and are yet to record a win.

Other struggling sides are Sundawana, with one point from three games, Sefotha-fotha, one point from four games, and Sky Battalion who are rooted to the bottom of the log without a point from three outings. For these clubs this long break is an opportunity to reassess themselves and return stronger.

Luciah Phahla

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