Ma­jan­tja end Liphakoe run

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

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.

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