VPL second round finally returns
VODACOM Premier League (VPL) pacesetters, Lioli, are confident of keeping their momentum despite losing star players, Tšepo Seturumane and Basia Makepe, who have taken up employment with the Lesotho Mounted Police Service.
Tse Nala start off the VPL second round with an away assignment against Sundawana in Butha-buthe on Saturday.
Lioli assistant coach, Thabile Secker, admitted this week the club would miss the services of the two players, adding, however that life would go on without them.
“It’s a massive loss and we cannot run away from it, but life will go on because we have a big squad which can continue where we left off last year,” Secker said.
“Football is always about 11 players in the field of play and, as much as we have lost two key players, I think the other players are ready to take their place and perform.”
Secker also said they had taken note of Sundawana’s activity in the transfer market, which he said showed the Thato “Sundawana” Nkone-owned side’s intention to compete with the best.
“There is no doubt that Sundawana will give us a good run for our money. We have been preparing our team to ensure we continue doing well and increase our chances of winning the league this season,” he said.
“The players have been working hard in training and we are focused on Saturday’s match.”
Tse Nala will be buoyed by the return of midfielders, Teboho Lekhooa and Lekhanya Lekhanya, from injury layoffs.
Sundawana, on the other hand, are racing against time to register their new players before the Lioli tie. Their new players include veteran midfielder, Bota Ramantsoe, former Likhopo and Matlama goalkeeper, Lerata Tšalong and defender, Mohapi Ntobo.
Meanwhile, Matlama will be welcoming Mphatlalatsane at Pitso Ground on Saturday as Tse Putsoa aim to contend with the log leaders.
Veteran midfielder, Pali Tšalong, told the Lesotho Times this week the club is determined to do well in the second round.“we have been training hard because we believe the race for the league title is still wide open,” Tšalong said.
The playmaker said Matlama is hungry for success and believes the squad is strong enough to challenge for the league title and compete with Lioli and Bantu.
Tse Putsoa is also racing against time to get the signatures of former Linare captain, Mabuti Potloane and defender, Kopano Motaung. The duo have been training at Pitso Ground since falling-out with the Hlotse-based outfit’s management last month .however, Mphatlatsane’s priority is keeping the relegation zone at bay with Tšepo Hlojeng’s side expected to give Matlama a tough test on Saturday.
Weekend VPL fixtures: Saturday
lioli midfielder Motlalepula Mofolo was in fine form as Tse Nala beat Sundawana 2-0 in the VCL league first round match at LCS Ground last year.