VPL sec­ond round fi­nally re­turns

Lesotho Times - - Front Page - Mikia Kalati

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.

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