Li­oli, LMPS clash in sea­son opener

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

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.

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