Sky Bat­tal­ion storm premier league

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Moorosi Tsiane

SKY Bat­tal­ion Foot­ball Club have won pro­mo­tion into the Vo­da­com Premier league with two matches to spare be­fore their cam­paign comes to a close.

the Maseru-based team, also known as Su­per King­dom (SK), came from a goal down to beat Ma­jan­tja 2-1 last Satur­day, to take their points tally to 37 from 16 matches. Se­cond-placed Van Rooyen are six points be­hind af­ter 17 matches and only have one match to play to com­plete their A Divi­sion South­ern Stream fix­tures. Sky Bat­tal­ion, owned by a Chi­nese who some­times also fea­tures for the team and has been dubbed ‘Messi’ by fans, will face Melele on 2 april be­fore wrap­ping up their A Divi­sion jour­ney with an away match against Manonyane in Roma on 16 april, but the team is al­ready cel­e­brat­ing their re­mark­able run in the league.

in the North­ern Stream, Se­fotha-fotha and Nyenye Rovers are go­ing neck-to-neck for the ti­tle. Se­fotha-fotha are on 30 points from 16 matches, while Nyenye have 29 points from 17 matches.

Sky Bat­tal­ion gen­eral man­ager, Mahlake Phu­lane, told the Le­sotho Times that the pro­mo­tion came as a sur­prise as this was their first sea­son in the A Divi­sion. Su­per King­dom pur­chased Sky Bat­tal­ion’s A Divi­sion fran­chise at the start of this sea­son.

“the pro­mo­tion was just great news for ev­ery­one in the team. the boys were all in tears when we gave them the mes­sage that our chal­lengers for the ti­tle, Van Rooyen, had lost against Man­gau on Sun­day, which gave us an unas­sail­able lead,” he said.

“When we pur­chased the Sky Bat­tal­ion fran­chise at the start of the sea­son, the plan was to main­tain our A Divi­sion sta­tus and then fight for pro­mo­tion next sea­son. So this pro­mo­tion came as a real sur­prise to us but we are happy that it hap­pened sooner than we ex­pected.”

the team’s se­cret to suc­cess, Phu­lane said, was hard work.

“Ev­ery­one knew their role in the team; we all also knew the im­por­tance of hard work and this is the re­ward we got for the com­mit­ment we showed through­out the cam­paign,” he said.

Phu­lane fur­ther said the man­age­ment was al­ready plan­ning for life the big time.

“We un­der­stand that it is not go­ing to be easy in the topflight, so we had al­ready started plan­ning and look­ing at what needs to be done to re­in­force the squad.

“But ob­vi­ously we are go­ing to need ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers be­cause we have young­sters who are still ner­vous to face the top guns in premier league,” said Phu­lane.

He also said the team would need spon­sors be­cause of the ex­penses in­volved in the premier league.

“the is­sue of spon­sor­ship is very wor­ry­ing but we are still look­ing and just hope they will come on board be­fore the sea­son be­gins.”

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