Pre­mier League roars back to life

. . . match com­mis­sion­ers to be in­tro­duced for the first time

Lesotho Times - - Front Page - Mikia Kalati

THE Vo­da­com pre­mier league sec­ond round will only re­sume next week­end af­ter the Christ­mas and New Year’s break to make way for a train­ing course for ref­er­ees.

Ac­cord­ing to pre­mier league Gen­eral Manager, Baitsi Mot­samai, the league’s sec­ond round will not get un­der­way this week­end as pre­vi­ously ad­ver­tised ow­ing to the three-day train­ing course for ref­er­ees start­ing to­mor­row. It will, in­stead, kick off on 17 Jan­uary.

“There have been a cou­ple of is­sues that have forced us to post­pone the start of the sec­ond round to next week­end chief among them be­ing the ref­er­ees’ course that starts on Fri­day this week,” Mot­samai said.

The post­pone­ment has come as a bless­ing in dis­guise for Bantu who host Bloem­fontein Celtic in a friendly match this week­end as part of prepa­ra­tions for the 2015 Con­fed­er­a­tion of African Foot­ball (CAF) cham­pi­ons league. Be­fore the post­pone­ment, A Matšo Mate­bele had called for their league match against Likhopo to be post­poned.

Mot­samai said the pre­mier league would also hold train­ing cour­ses for match com­mis­sion­ers as they will of­fi­ci­ate in ev­ery match for the first time when the sec­ond round starts.

“We are try­ing to find means and ways to elim­i­nate dis­putes in our league and one of the so­lu­tions is to in­tro­duce match com­mis­sion­ers who will be avail­able in each match,” he said.

Mot­samai added that in the past the pre­mier league had match as­ses­sors who, how­ever, failed to bring to an end the dis­putes brought about by poor of­fi­ci­at­ing.

“We have de­cided that hav­ing match com­mis­sion­ers may help us solve the prob­lem of poor of­fi­ci­at­ing as they will be able to as­sess the per­for­mance of ref­er­ees in each game,” he said.

The sec­ond round will tee off with Mat­lama mak­ing a date with Mphat­lalat­sane while Li­oli will be away to Sun­dawana while Kick­4life host Bantu.

Sec­ond round fix­tures

Satur­day 17 Jan­uary Mat­lama v Mphat­lalat­sane Sun­dawana v Li­oli Nyenye Rovers v LDF

Sun­day 18 Jan­uary

LMPS v LCS Qoal­ing High­landers v Linare Kick­4life v Bantu Lik­ila United v Likhopo

Bantu De­fender thabo ma­suoalle Li­oli cap­tain Sheli ramoseka Pre­mier League Gen­eral manager Baitsi mot­samai

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