What a fantastic football season!
the curtain will come down on the 2015/16 premier league season this weekend with either Lioli or Matlama being crowned champions.
But what a season it has been since it started way back in August last year!
the most exciting part is no one expected the title race to go to the wire as it has panned out.
I mean, at the start, the likes of Likhopo looked like they would go all the way and challenge for honours, but fell short midway through the campaign and can now only play for a place among the top-eight teams in the league.
Most fans expected Lioli to be crowned champions last weekend against relegationthreatened Rovers, but the university side proved they are a good side by holding Tse Nala to a goalless draw, putting on hold whatever celebrations the ty giants had planned.
Last weekend’s results brought Matlama back in the title hunt and it will all go down to the last match of the season this saturday.
one team that has really disappointed when a lot was expected from them is Bantu.
The Mafeteng-based outfit were hardly settled as they chopped and changed coaches and it is no surprise A Matšo Matebele might fail to make a top-four finish.
And should this happen, the team’s management should be a worried lot and must sit down at the end of the season and seriously introspect on what went wrong after being on the ascendency over the previous four years.
I was also happy to see strikers finding the back of the net regularly this season with the likes of Jane thabantšo, and Motebang sera of Matlama and sundawana’s Raboana Koloti taking the fight for the Golden Boot award to the very end.
sera leads the charts with 13 goals while Koloti and Thabantšo have struck 12 times apiece and the trio will continue the battle in this weekend’s do-or-die ties.
Another side that needs serious introspection is Linare who, until last weekend, were in serious danger of relegation.
this is a team with a rich history but needs to put their house in order and stop being the laughing stock they have become over the last few years.
the battle against relegation has also been very interesting, but in the end, Mphatlalatsane lost the fight and will have to go back to the drawing board to see where it all went wrong for them.
But the truth of the matter is Mphatlalatsane have been very poor all season when I expected them to be better after their leg- endary defender, Tšepo Hlojeng, became club president at the start of the campaign.
But it was not to be and maybe they will come back a better team if they ever bounce back to topflight football.
this was also the season that former Likuena coach, Leslie notši, returned to club football and took over the reins at Kick4life.
the appointment seemed to have worked some magic on the Kick4life players as the team posted some big results and now stands a chance of qualifying for the LNIG top8 tournament for the first time in their history.
I would also want to take my hat off to a few coaches I think deserve praise this season.
Mosholu ‘shoes’ Mokhothu has proved over and over that he is a good coach with his side set to retain their league title and also winning the LNIG top8 tournament.
Coaching a big side like Lioli comes with pressure, but Mokhothu has acquitted himself very well and managed to keep his big and talented squad happy.
Matlama coach, Moses Maliehe, has also done admirably well and revived a Tse Putsoa side that had been struggling to reassert themselves as one of the giants of our game.
Like I have said before, I did not expect Tse Putsoa to be as good as they have been this season based on the fact that the coach was new and had lost some experienced players who decided to search for greener pastures.
Mpitsa Marai has also done a massive job in his first season as LCS head-coach.
Despite their struggles of recent weeks, Masheshena were really impressive with a squad mostly comprised of players new to topflight football.
Bob Mafoso of sundawana also deserves a pat on the shoulder as his Butha-buthe side could finish as high as third position this campaign.
Mafoso did an equally good job at Likila United last season when he helped the premiership rookies to a Top8 finish, but everything collapsed after he left the club.
here he is again this season with sundawa- na and definitely deserves to be among those vying for the coach-of-the-season award.
But all in all, it was an interesting season that entertained to the very end.
Motebang Sera Jane Thabantšo