Heart­break for Se­fotha-fotha

…as Butha-buthe War­riors seal pro­mo­tion in dra­matic fash­ion

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

Butha-buthe War­riors pipped Se­fotha-fotha for the sin­gle au­to­matic pro­mo­tion spot in the North­ern Stream in dra­matic fash­ion on Sun­day.

The Mabote-based out­fit went into Sun­day’s last matches of the 2015/16 a Divi­sion sea­son top of the ta­ble and need­ing only a draw to be pro­moted to the elite league, but suf­fered a 2-1 de­feat to Galaxy FC.

War­riors, on the other hand, beat Mo­holisa Stars 2-0 to se­cure a place to the premier league be­cause of a bet­ter goal dif­fer­ence to Se­fothafotha.

War­riors coach, Mot­latsi thibinyana, told the Le­sotho Times the team was over the moon with ex­cite­ment af­ter win­ning pro­mo­tion to the premier­ship amid such drama.

“Of course, Se­fotha-fotha went into Sun­day’s matches as favourites for pro­mo­tion, but in foot­ball, you don’t give up un­til the last minute. We did our part, win­ning our match and knew some­how, goal-dif­fer­ence de­cide who goes to the premier league.”

thibinyana at­trib­uted his young team’s win to the play­ers’ will­ing­ness to learn.

“It is al­ways easy, as a coach, to work with young play­ers who are com­mit­ted, dis­ci­plined and will­ing to learn,” said thibinyana.

“What was even more im­por­tant was that ev­ery­one at the club be­lieved in my abil­i­ties as a coach. Such faith in­spired me to keep push­ing the boys, and at the end, we did it in the most dra­matic fash­ion.”

War­riors will be the third side from Butha-buthe play­ing in the premier league next sea­son if Lik­ila United man­age to sur­vive rel­e­ga­tion. the other team is Sun­dawana, who have held their own this sea­son and could still chal­lenge for a top-four fin­ish.

“there is so much ta­lent in ButhaButhe and all we need to do is im­prove our de­vel­op­ment struc­tures.

“But over­all, the fo­cus is now on pre­par­ing our­selves for premier league foot­ball be­cause this is a big achieve­ment and we need to be ready for the big­ger chal­lenge that awaits us next sea­son.”

Mean­while, for­mer premier league sides Qoal­ing high­landers and Ma­jan­tja man­aged to avoid rel­e­ga­tion to the B divi­sion from the South­ern Stream when they played their last matches of the sea­son last Satur­day.

high­landers beat Van Rooyen 1-0 while Ma­jan­tja drew 2-2 draw against Mafeteng Stars who were rel­e­gated af­ter the re­sult.

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