Ex­cit­ing start to new sea­son

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

The 2015/16 Vo­da­com Premier League sea­son started with a bang last we week­end and had ev­ery­thing a footb football fan would want from the topfligh topflight.

Likh Likhopo, who were writ­ten off by man many pun­dits be­fore the sea­son got und un­der­way, be­gan the cam­paign with a 4-1 win over Linare, with for­mer Likuena striker, Lehlomela Ramab Ram­a­bele, bag­ging a hat-trick to re re­mind all-and-sundry of what he can do on his day.

I have no doubt if Ram­a­bele con­tin­ues on this vein of goal-scor­ing form, he would soon be back in Mo­chini Matete’s na­tional t team, or Likuena, as the ro­man man­tics like to call the side. The 4-1 drub­bing is surely wor­ry­ing for Linare, who have sud­denly be­come the whip­ping boys of the league af­ter show­ing so much prom­ise in t the 2013/14 sea­son in which they end­e­den the cam­paign in 4th po­si­tion o on the 14-team premier­ship ta­ble a and also reached the fi­nal of the LNIGLN Top 8.

Some Some­thing has to be done as a mat­ter of ur­gency to make sure this tea team turns its wan­ing for­tunes around or else Tse Tala are in for a very lo long sea­son.

I gue guess there was no sur­prise as far as the Li­oli/sun­dawana match was co con­cerned with Tse Nala run­ning outo 3-0 win­ners.the painful les­son for Sun­dawana in this loss was goals are what count in a football match be­cause dom­i­nat­ing ball­pos­ses­sion will never win games.

Still on the week­end matches, I think the shock re­sult came on Sun­day when LMPS stunned Bantu 2-0 at Po­lice Train­ing Col­lege Ground.

A Matšo Mate­bele were very poor on the day and the fact that their coach, Katiso Mo­jakhomo, had to make two changes in the first half was a clear in­di­ca­tion that all is not well at Bantu.

Like I said in my pre­dic­tions for the new sea­son, it would take long for Mo­jakhomo to get his com­bi­na­tions right, but un­for­tu­nately pa­tience is not some­thing he will get from Bantu sup­port­ers who trav­elled in large num­bers to watch Sun­day’s first match of the new cam­paign.

On Sun­day, I man­aged to watch both the LMPS/BANTU and Mat­lama ver­sus ties, and was quite im­pressed

with the huge turnout of sup­port­ers for the two matches.

There is no doubt the re­turn to the topflight league of both Rovers and Liphakoe brings a new di­men­sion to the game as both teams have a good sup­port base which is some­thing we need to mar­ket the Vo­da­com Premier League brand.

I must also give Rovers credit for an out­stand­ing per­for­mance that saw them hold Mat­lama to a goal­less draw.

This was the same Mat­lama side that had been un­stop­pable in the pre-sea­son games af­ter beat­ing teams such as Free State Stars and Li­oli, but could not get their way past the stub­born Na­tional Univer­sity of Le­sotho side.

Rovers goal­keeper Te­boho Thuhloane was the main dif­fer­ence on the day so much that one could say he won the point for the premier league re­turnees on his own.

I will surely be mon­i­tor­ing him to see if he re­mains con­sis­tent be­cause he can be an as­set for this coun­try con­sid­er­ing he is only 23.

But Rovers and LMPS are not the only teams that shocked the big guns over the week­end, with Kick­4life also get­ting the bet­ter of LCS fol­low­ing a 1-0 win.

I think all in all, the open­ing round of the premier­ship was a warn­ing to all stake­hold­ers that this is go­ing to be a rocky sea­son with teams tra­di­tion­ally re­garded as min­nows ready to give the so­called giants a good run.

There is no doubt this was an ex­cit­ing week­end as only two matches failed to pro­duce goals.

Rovers goal­keeper

Te­boho Thuhloane.

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