Matlama to  consolidate lead

Matlama to consolidate lead

MASERU – Econet Premier League leaders Matlama will be looking to strengthen their grip on the title chase with a victory over Likhopo on Saturday.
‘Tse Putsoa’ are five points clear of Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) and a further three ahead of champions Bantu at the top of the Econet Premiership.
Saturday’s game is a pivotal one for Matlama, who last won the league championship in 2010.

After the disappointment of failing to defend their Lesotho National Insurance Group (LNIG) Top 8 trophy last weekend, Matlama’s only hope of claiming silverware this season now lies with the Econet Premier League crown and, with six games to go, it appears they are on course to end a decade-long title famine.
Although Bantu have played a game less than Matlama, ‘A Matšo Matebele’ coach James Madidilane admitted last week that the title is now out of Bantu’s hands and that they will have to rely on Matlama dropping points for them to have any real chance of winning the league.

Even so, when Thabile Secker’s charges take on Likhopo, they will know that only a victory will keep them on track for their title dream.
It won’t be an easy assignment.
Likhopo are safe from relegation and are now fighting for a top eight spot and it is never easy facing Halemakale Mahlaha’s team.

Likhopo are seventh in the league with 29 points after 21 games. A victory could see ‘the Red Army’ jump to sixth place depending on how Kick4Life fare against Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) on Sunday.
For their part, Bantu will not have an easy weekend either as they will face Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) on Sunday.
The teams met in the semi-finals of the LNIG Top 8 last weekend and ‘Sohle-Sohle’ eliminated the Mafeteng giants via penalties. Another defeat for Bantu would effectively mark the end of their two-year reign as Lesotho champions.

‘A Matšo Matebele’ will be hoping the newly-crowned LNIG Top 8 champions will still be suffering from a hangover after their celebrations when the sides clash at Setsoto Stadium.
LCS are also still in the running for the title though their title hopes were dented two weeks ago by a 1-1 draw with Kick4Life.
This weekend presents a different challenge in the form of Majantja who are fighting for their lives at the bottom of the log.
Majantja have to avoid defeat at all costs to have any chance of escaping the dreaded axe from the Econet Premier League.

Saturday (15:00)
Likhopo vs. Matlama (LDF)
Swallows vs. Linare (LDF)
Galaxy vs. Liphakoe (Maputsoe DIFA)
Majantja vs. LCS (Mohale’s Hoek)

Sunday
Kick4Life vs. LMPS (LCS)
Bantu vs. LDF (Setsoto)
Sefotha-fotha vs. Lioli (PTC)

Econet Premier League standings:

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

1

Matlama

20

15

2

3

38

11

+27

47

2

LCS

21

12

6

3

30

12

+18

42

3

Bantu

19

11

6

2

35

7

+28

39

4

Lioli

21

11

1

9

27

17

+10

34

5

LDF

21

9

7

5

17

15

+2

34

6

Kick4Life

21

9

5

7

22

22

+0

32

7

Likhopo

21

9

2

10

20

33

-13

29

8

Liphakoe

21

6

9

6

19

16

+3

27

9

LMPS

21

7

6

8

16

16

+0

27

10

Sefotha-fotha

21

5

10

6

17

21

-4

25

11

Linare

21

4

7

10

15

25

-10

19

12

Galaxy

21

4

4

13

14

26

-12

16

13

Majantja

20

4

3

13

18

38

-20

15

14

Swallows

21

2

6

13

11

40

-29

12

Tlalane Phahla

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