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Monday, September 21, 2015

Vodacom Premier League - Week 4 Talking Points

Happy times are back in Mafeteng
A good weekend for Bantu, Likhopo and Linare, a bad one for Matlama; talking points from the weekend’s Vodacom Premier League action…

Bantu are happy again
It was a good weekend for Bantu. A Matšo Matebele made it back-to-back wins with a hard-fought 1-0 over a plucky Mphatlalatsane side at the Leshoboro Seeiso Sports Complex on Saturday. Mphatlalatsane have been a tough nut to crack for Bantu in recent seasons. In April they ended Bantu’s titles hopes with a 1-1 draw in Mafeteng on the penultimate weekend of the season. Mphatlalatsane once again made things difficult for Bantu on Saturday but this time A Matšo Matebele secured the win thanks to Nzenze Nkulu’s 75th minute strike.

Back-to-back wins mean the mood will be much happier in Mafeteng this week after Bantu began winless in their first two games of the season. The start raised the pressure on new coach Katiso Mojakhomo but he can breathe a bit easier. Saturday’s win has also brought Bantu within three points of the top after Lioli were held to a goalless draw by LDF yesterday.

LCS also claimed their second win in a row with a 2-1 victory over LMPS yesterday. Like Bantu, the wins have eased the pressure on their new coach Mpitsa Marai. And, like Bantu, Masheshena are three points behind Lioli.

Bantu and LCS, Lioli’s main challengers for the title, are back within touching distance of the champions, just where they want to be.

Likhopo shoot up to second, Likila flounder
Likhopo’s 3-0 win over Likila United on Saturday was the second time they have scored three goals in a match this season. The Red Army beat Linare 4-1 on the opening day of the season. The thumping of Likila has moved Likhopo up to second place in the league, a much better start than season when they lost two of their opening four matches.

Likhopo remain inconsistent, as illustrated by the fact their other two games have ended goalless. But Likhopo are clearly wiser and sturdier this season and they could have a say in the top four race.

On the other hand, Saturday’s loss dropped Likila to the bottom of the league. The Butha-Buthe side were the surprise package last season in what was their debut premiership campaign. However, teams are figuring them out. Likila are the only side not to have scored this season and they have conceded five goals. Likila do have a game in hand because an earlier game against Mphatlalatsane was postponed, but they have looked short of ideas in their three games so far.

Linare are also feeling better this week
Linare move off the bottom
In what was the game of the weekend, Linare moved off the bottom of the league with a 3-1 over their great rivals Matlama on Saturday. The meeting of the teams from Lesotho’s two biggest cities, Maseru and Hlotse, was once the biggest in the country. In the late seventies and early eighties Linare and Matlama were the leading lights in the land and they shared five league titles between 1977 and 1982.

Their meeting has fallen from those heights in recent decades. Linare haven’t won a trophy since 1999 and they started this season with three losses from their first three games. However, in an entertaining clash in Maputsoe, Linare confounded the form-book to hand Matlama their first loss of the season. Tse Tala are off the foot of the league table and, who knows, a win over Matlama could ignite their campaign. It certainly ignited late night parties in Hlotse on Saturday.

Round 4 Results
Saturday
Bantu 1-0 Mphatlalatsane
Likhopo 3-0 Likila United
Linare 3-1 Matlama
Sandawana 2-2 Rovers
Sunday
LMPS 1-2 LCS FC
Lioli 0-0 LDF FC
Kick4Life 1-1 Liphakoe

Vodacom Premier League Table


P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Lioli
4
3
1
0
6
1
5
10
2
Likhopo
4
2
2
0
7
1
3
8
3
Rovers
4
2
2
0
4
2
2
8
4
Matlama
4
2
1
1
6
4
2
7
5
LCS
4
2
1
1
3
2
1
7
6
Bantu
4
2
1
1
4
3
1
7
7
LMPS
4
1
1
2
3
3
0
4
8
LDF
4
0
4
0
2
2
0
4
9
Kick4life
4
1
1
2
2
4
-2
4
10
Liphakoe
4
0
3
1
1
2
-1
3
11
Linare
4
1
0
3
5
8
-3
3
12
Mphatlalatsane
3
0
2
1
1
2
0
2
13
Sandawana
4
0
2
2
3
8
-5
2
14
Likila United
3
0
1
2
0
5
-5
1

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