MASERU — Likhopo FC owner Bishop Molatoli was in tears on Sunday afternoon after his team beat defending champions LCS.
It had been a long wait.
“I am so happy, so happy that I even cried,” Molatoli told the Lesotho Times in an interview after the match.
“The boys played very well today and we now need to work on our finishing techniques,” he said.
Molatoli said his team has been playing good football since the beginning of the league but they were just unlucky.
“We’ve had some good games since the beginning of the league but we were just unlucky when it came to scoring goals.”
The two-time premier league title holders edged LCS 1 — 0 through a late Tumelo Khutlane goal.
Sunday’s win was a big boost for Likhopo as they seek to improve their standing on the log.
The victory saw the club move from the bottom of the Vodacom Premier League log as they leapfrogged Majantja who replaced them at the anchor.
They now have nine points, one more than Majantja, after 13 matches.
Before Sunday’s match Likhopo had won one, drawn three and lost eight of their 12 premier league matches since August last year.
Their first win was in January when they defeated Majantja 3-0 at Ratjomose.
The surprise victory was a huge relief for Likhopo when everyone expected LCS to roll over the former champions.
Although LCS were a better team in terms of ball possession, the youthful Likhopo side outclassed LCS both technically and tactically.
Likhopo’s win was well deserved and they now need to keep the momentum going if they are to survive the dreaded chop into the unfashionable world of lower division football come May.
In another match last weekend that was part of the double-headers, LDF suffered their second league loss when they went down 2 — 1 to struggling LMPS.
About 300 supporters came to watch the two games, something which has become just a dream in domestic football.
Not many expected such a huge turnout given that all the four teams do not have a solid fan base.
Likhopo 1 — 0 LCS,
Majantja 0 — 2 Lioli,
Joy 0 — 0 Matlama,
LDF 1 — 2 LMPS,
Linare 0 — 1 Bantu
Mpharane Celtics 2 — 2 Maduma.