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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Lithabaneng Golden and Ketane to get second chance at promotion to Econet Premier League


Swallows (pictured) and Galaxy are already up... Lithabaneng Golden
and Ketane will get the chance to join them
Lithabaneng Golden and Ketane will get a second chance to win promotion to the Econet Premier League when they contest the first-ever promotional playoffs at the end of the season.

Lithabaneng Golden and Ketane finished second in the South and North Stream respectively when the curtain came down on the 201/18 A-Division season on Sunday and they will be joined in the playoffs by the 12th placed finisher in the Econet Premiership which currently is Likhopo.

The introduction of promotion playoffs comes after Sundawana were expelled from the Econet Premier League last November after failing to honour several league fixtures which reduced the number of teams in the top-flight from 14 to 13.

The change sparked uncertainty as to how many teams would be relegated from the Econet Premier League this season.

Normally two teams are automatically demoted from Lesotho’s top-flight.

Two weeks ago the Lesotho Football Association’s National Executive Committee (NEC) finally passed a resolution on the issue – the bottom team in the Econet Premier League (Sky Battalion) would be relegated automatically from the top-flight while the respective winners of the A-Division’s two streams would gain automatic promotion.

The NEC also decided that the runners’ up from each first division stream would compete in a playoff with the team that finishes12th in the top-flight to decide the final spot for the 2018/19 Econet Premier League season.

On Sunday, Swallows sealed the South Stream title to join North winners Galaxy on the way up to the Econet Premiership.

Lithabaneng Golden and Ketane, meanwhile, will go into the playoffs hoping to make it to Lesotho’s top-flight for the first time in their respective histories.


As things stand, Likhopo are most likely to join the two sides in the three-team showdown. Likhopo are 12th in the Econet Premier League, three points adrift of 11th-placed Sefotha-fotha who were promoted from the A-Division last year. 

A-Division Final Standings:
South Stream


P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts.
1
Swallows
18
11
5
2
28
10
18
38
2
Lithabaneng Golden
18
10
5
3
26
14
12
35
3
Lijabatho
18
8
6
4
28
18
10
30
4
Manonyane
18
8
6
4
18
10
8
30
5
Machokha
18
8
4
6
31
19
12
28
6
Quthing LMPS
18
8
1
9
22
23
-1
25
7
Mangau
18
6
6
6
26
26
0
24
8
Roma Boys
18
4
4
10
26
38
-12
16
9
Qoaling Highlanders
18
3
3
12
16
42
-26
12
R
Rovers
18
3
2
13
17
39
-22
5
·         Rovers docked 6 points for late registration

North Stream


P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts.
1
Galaxy
18
12
3
3
28
14
14
39
2
Ketane
18
9
5
4
34
18
16
32
3
Litšilo
18
9
4
5
25
18
7
31
4
Lifofane
18
7
6
5
19
19
0
27
5
Limkokwing University
18
7
5
6
24
21
3
26
6
Butha-Buthe Warriors
18
5
6
7
12
19
-7
21
7
CCX
18
5
4
9
25
30
-5
19
8
Likila United
18
4
6
8
10
25
-15
18
9
Lerotholi Polytechnic
18
4
5
9
18
19
-1
17
R
Mphatlalatsane
18
3
6
9
16
25
-9
15