Lioli, LMPS clash in season opener
LIOLI begin their Vodacom Premier League title defence with a mouth-watering fixture against LMPS when the season kicks-off on 27 August 2016.
Tse Nala coach, Mosholu “Shoes” Mokhothu, told the Lesotho Times he was upbeat about the team’s prospects of winning their third title in a row. Mokhothu said his charges were raring to take on the police outfit in the match scheduled for Setsoto Stadium.
“We are looking forward to the fixture and the new season. I am sure by the time the season starts, we will be ready to rock and roll,” he said.
“The players have been hard at work, and our plan is to continue being a dominant force in the league.”
The Lioli mentor, however, conceded winning the league would be harder than last season, saying the premier league would be more competitive than ever before.
“I learnt from my time as LCS coach that winning the league title three times in a row is possible as we won it twice during that time. However, it will take something special and a lot of dedication from the players,” said Mokhothu.
“When I re-joined Lioli, I told the team’s management I would prepare a team that can be a success story for five seasons. We are in our fourth season now, so we are still on the right track.”
He said they intended to bolster the squad ahead of the campaign.
“We need a few new faces to reinforce the squad and keep them motivated,” Mokhothu added.
The first day of the 2016/17 campaign will also see Kick4life facing off with Likhopo, while Linare take on premier league new boys Sky Battalion in Maputsoe.
Matlama will start their campaign away to league rookies Butha Buthe Warriors.
Tse Putsoa had a very successful campaign under Moses Maliehe, and only missed out on the league title to Lioli on the last day of the season.
The spotlight will also be on new Bantu coach and former South African international, James Madidilani, who has been given the onerous task of leading the Mafeteng-based side back to its glory days.
A Matšo Matebele had a disastrous campaign during the 2015/16 season and finished in seventh place.
According to Madidilani, the team was responding well to their training methods
“I think the players have responded very well to our philosophy as the new coaches. I am happy with how the pre-season training is going, and I believe we will be ready by the time the new season starts. We want to add two or three new players before the campaign gets underway.”
Opening weekend fixtures Saturday Lioli v LMPS Linare v Sky Battalion Kick4life v Likhopo Sunday LDF v Sundawana Bantu v Rovers Liphakoe v LCS BB Warriors v Matlama
Lioli right-winger Lekhanya Lekhanya evades LMPS players during a premier league clash at PTC ground in this file picture.