Goals galore mark great sea­son

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

The first round of the 2014/15 Vodacom Premier League sea­son came to an end this past week­end, with Li­oli open­ing a seven-point gap at the top of the 14-team ta­ble.

Li­oli’s bit­ter ri­vals and de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Bantu are in sec­ond po­si­tion as the league takes a de­served, fes­tive sea­son break.

i have to say the league was very en­ter­tain­ing from the word go. Premier League rook­ies, Lik­ila United, were on fire in the open­ing stages of the cam­paign and shocked many peo­ple with vic­to­ries over sea­soned Premier League cam­paign­ers, such as Likhopo and Linare.

LDF also started the cam­paign in ram­pant form, as they regis­tered six wins in a row, but their im­pres­sive run would be stopped by Li­oli who ham­mered them 3-0.

The army side have never been the same since los­ing their 100 per­cent record and now oc­cupy third po­si­tion on the ta­ble.

of course, this is a big test for their coach, Male­fet­sane Pheko, who is only in his sec­ond sea­son in charge, to get the team back at their best once again.

The coun­try most suc­cess­ful side with nine league ti­tles to their name, mat­lama, had a strong fin­ish to the first round and it will be very in­ter­est­ing to see if they can be con­sis­tent in the New Year to give Li­oli and Bantu a run for their money.

De­spite be­ing in sec­ond po­si­tion and only los­ing once while star-player Litšepe marabe, leads the scor­ing charts with 10 goals, Bantu have not been at their best this cam­paign and will have to im­prove their game in 2015.

it’s go­ing to be even tough for a matšo mate­bele as they are also headed for the 2015 african Cham­pi­ons League cam­paign which gets un­der­way in Fe­bru­ary. it will surely re­quire them to up their game and also re­in­force their squad, if they are to avoid crash­ing out of the pres­ti­gious tour­na­ment in the first round.

There is no doubt that Li­oli have been the in-form team, hence their seven-point lead. Like i had said in my pre­dic­tions when the sea­son started, Tse Nala have the best squad in the league and for me, re­main favourites to be crowned cham­pi­ons in may next year.

Tse Nala has been us­ing a ro­ta­tional sys­tem among their squad as they try to keep every­body fresh and happy and so far, it has been work­ing won­ders for them.

Like i had said, the chal­lenge was al­ways go­ing to be keep­ing their play­ers fresh es­pe­cially after most of them had had a busy year with Likuena dur­ing the 2015 africa Cup of Na­tions cam­paign.

i’m also very happy with the goal-scor­ing ra­tio this cam­paign. our strik­ers have been re­ally work­ing hard to make sure we are en­ter­tained with goals.

over the last three years, the top marks­man found the net 13 times, but it looks like we will see more goals this cam­paign as marabe al­ready has 10 goals, yet he still has 13 more matches to play be­fore the sea­son comes to a close.

This is also very good news for our na­tional team. The fact that we al­ready have about five other play­ers with six goals each and over 10 play­ers with five goals apiece au­gurs well for the na­tional team, Likuena.

among the top goal-scorer list, we have play­ers such as Tšeliso Chenene of Lik­ila, Thabiso Brown of Kick­4life and Thabo Seakhoa of LCS.

all the three play­ers are un­der 25 years of age and it is only their first year of topflight foot­ball, which shows they are good prospects for the fu­ture.

all in all, i think our league con­tin­ues to grow from strength to strength as we saw the spon­sor­ship of the an­nual Top4 and Top8 com­pe­ti­tions be­ing in­creased sub­stan­tially. my hope is 2015 will be even bet­ter as far as sport is con­cerned.

With that said, i would like to wish our read­ers a merry Christ­mas and happy New Year as this is my last col­umn for 2014.

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