Clubs gear up for restart

Clubs gear up for restart

MASERU – Several Vodacom Premier League clubs returned to training this week after the Lesotho Football Association (LEFA) agreed to release money to help clubs resume the 2020/21 season which has been on hold for more than three months.
Although the Premier League Management Committee (PLMC) has not released fixtures yet, the league is expected to restart in the final week of November or the first week of December.
The league’s 14 clubs, as a result, will have a mini pre-season to prepare themselves for the return and the plan to play the season to a finish.

Clubs started with light training to get players back in the swing of things and league leaders Matlama started training on Tuesday.
‘Tse Putsoa’ lead the log table with 38 points from 16 games but have played a game more than second-placed Bantu who are on 37 points.
Resuming the season is expected to produce a league winner at the end of the campaign and a team that will represent Lesotho in the CAF Champions League next year. However, restarting the 2020/21 season means there will be no 2021/22 season.

When the Vodacom Premier League was halted in July, the second round had just began and it is unclear whether the Premier League Management Committee (PLMC) will completely rearrange the fixtures list or schedule the same programme of matches with new dates.
Nonetheless, with the season expected to end in April next year it is likely there will be a need for midweek catch-up games.
For now, the race for the Vodacom premiership title seems to be between Matlama and defending champions Bantu although none of the teams behind them can be written off.

With the long three-month break, all teams are basically starting from scratch and if the top teams are not consistent, their positions could be under threat.
Due to their deep squad, however, Bantu are still favourites to defend their title.
Their quality roster gives them an edge over opponents because they can rotate players as much as they would like to without harming any momentum they would have built.

When it comes to relegation, bottom side Swallows are confident they can get themselves out of trouble and their captain, Sekhonyana Makhobalo, was in positive spirits on Monday insisting the Mazenod outfit are happy to be back training again. Swallows are emboldened by the fact that the teams ahead of them were not doing particularly well before the stoppage and there is no guarantee they will be any better now.
Meanwhile, the B-Division playoffs will get underway this weekend to decide who gets promoted to the A-Division while the A-Division campaign will resume next weekend.

Sport Reporter

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