Majantja end Liphakoe run
LIPHAKOE’S 13-match unbeaten run came to an end on Sunday, following a 2-1 loss to title-rivals Majantja.
The Quthing-based outfit had not lost since the start of the 2014/15 A Division Southern Stream season but this proud record was ended by Majantja in Mohale’s Hoek.
However, Liphakoe still lead the 10-team league with 37 points while second-placed Majantja are on 22 points.
all the teams in the league have played 14 matches and with four games to go, Liphakoe have all-but sealed their promotion into the premier league from which they were demoted 10 years ago.
a member of the Liphakoe management, nkomane Mosola, said: “It’s getting tougher but luckily for us, we did our job in the first round, in which we were unbeaten. the target now is returning to the premier league after a 10-year absence.
“We had to plan carefully before the start of the season, and this appears to be paying dividends as we are almost back in the premier league.
“In fact, we are already preparing for life in the topflight league because we believe the points difference is too big to be overhauled in four matches. The plan is to finish the season strongly and take the title with a very wide margin.
“I believe hard work and unity were key to our success and we are now looking forward to life with the big boys in the topflight after such a long absence.”
Meanwhile, in the northern Stream, logleaders Rovers and Lerotholi Polytechnic drew 1-1 on Sunday. Rovers top the log with 26 points—just one ahead of second-placed Sefothafotha.
Rovers president, teboho nzeku, said he was confident his charges would win the northern Stream and gain automatic promotion to the premiership.
“I think we are on track for a return to topflight football. All we need is to win all our remaining matches and then we are home and dry,” nzeku said.
“the match against Lerotholi Polytechnic which ended 1-1 was tough, so the remaining (four) fixtures should not be that much of a problem for us hence my confidence of bouncing back to the premier league.”
nzeku was full of praise for coach Pule Khojane, whom he said had done a splendid job despite not being one of the “big names” in Lesotho football.
“Credit should go to our coach, who has brought the right attitude and confidence to our team. He has played a big role in our good performance so far,” nzeku said.
“Football will always be football and it has its ups and down, but I’m confident we will go all the way and win the race for promotion.
“I believe Sefothafotha, who are in second position and just one point behind us, are our biggest challengers for the league championship.
“I can foresee the title-race going down to the wire, but with us coming out tops in the end.”
FILE pic: Mphatlalatsane playing against Liphakoe during an A Division top 8 semi-final at Bambatha Ts’ita Ground.