Vodacom premier league roars into life

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MASERU — The Vodacom premier league is set to roar into life this Saturday with the pick of the crop being the Bantu versus Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) match.

Linare will host third-placed Joy FC in Leribe while Likhopo will take on Lesotho Defence Force at Ratjomose on Saturday.

All the three matches were postponed last year after they were washed away.

“The premier league is coming into life this weekend and there are a couple of opening matches to be played,” Matlosa said.

“These are the games which were supposed to be played last year but were postponed due to rain,” Lehlohonolo  Matlosa, the premier league management committee public relations officer, said.

Victory for Joy against Linare will take the club to the summit of the Vodacom Premier League log with 18 points.

Although Joy will start the match as underdogs, they have in recent times given rival premier league clubs a run for their money.

The last time the two sides met in  December, Joy came out tops after a narrow 1-0 victory over their rivals.

They will be hoping that Lady Luck smiles their way again this time. But Linare will certainly not wait for their rivals to roll over them without a fight.

With their experience Linare should be looking to bag all three points to take their season’s tally to 14 points.

Fans should therefore expect fireworks in Leribe.

In Maseru, army side LDF will host struggling Likhopo who are anchored at the bottom of the log.

This should be a walkover for Mohapi Motheo’s boys who have been in fine form since the start of the season last August.

The army side are still to taste defeat after seven games. Sohle Sohle are in second place with 15 points after seven matches, winning four and drawing three.

Likhopo, on the other hand, are still looking for their first league victory this campaign. The former champions have only managed to wrestle a single point after losing six of their last seven matches.

Their only point came after a tame draw against Joy last September. In Mafeteng, both A Matšo Matebele and Semonye will be battling out for maximum points to steer them away from the relegation zone.

LMPS are on ninth position while Bantu are a lowly 10th.  Meanwhile, Matlosa said this year they are going to work harder to ensure a violence-free premier league.

“There is really not many things we are going to implement as this is the continuation of the same season,” Matlosa said.

“But we are seriously going to work on ensuring that we have a violence-free premier league by the end of this season.

“We are going to visit the teams during  games and have discussions with their supporters prior to matches,” he added.

Matlosa said the discussions will focus on how all stakeholders can work towards ensuring that there is no crowd trouble this term.

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