Can Li­oli make it three ti­tles in a row?

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

VO­DA­COM Premier League cham­pi­ons Li­oli have been ram­pant over the past month and in the last two weeks they reg­is­tered back to back 4 -1 wins over Kick­4life and Likhopo.

Tse Nala had a slow start to the 2016/17 sea­son, los­ing their open­ing match to LMPS and a few weeks later fans were calling for the head of coach Hale­makale Mahlaha who had just as­sumed the reins.

Mahlaha re­placed Mosholu “Shoes” Mokhothu be­fore the start of the sea­son and his was ad­mit­tedly an un­en­vi­able task of fill­ing in the big shoes of his pre­de­ces­sor who had won ev­ery avail­able tro­phy in the coun­try.

But it is now look­ing good for the Tey­ateya­neng side that has now bagged the In­de­pen­dence Cup and hit a rich vein of form which once again makes them the team to beat though there is still a long way.

But the big ques­tion is whether Li­oli can etch their name in the folk­lore of soc­cer in this coun­try by go­ing all the way to make it three league ti­tles in a row?

LDF were the last to do so when they bagged three con­sec­u­tive ti­tles in 1997, 1998 and 1999.

This was an LDF side that had the likes of their cur­rent coach Motheo Mo­hapi as one of their key play­ers along with their cur­rent pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer, Donny Nthakha.

And like that swash­buck­ling LDF side, Li­oli have the qual­ity, depth and ex­pe­ri­ence to re-write the his­tory books of the beau­ti­ful game in Le­sotho.

But it will not be a stroll in the park as they have dis­ap­pointed in some matches where they were ex­pected to win eas­ily.

We all thought Li­oli would eas­ily col­lect three points in their re­cent match with Rovers, but to our sur­prise the game ended in a draw and that said it all about foot­ball be­ing very un­pre­dictable.

Again, you still have teams like Kick­4life, Mat­lama, Bantu and LCS who are also in the mix for this sea­son’s ti­tle.

De­spite be­ing a very young team as far as foot­ball is con­cerned, Kick­4life are a grow­ing brand with a very good coach in Les­lie Notši. The club is also very solid off the pitch.

Mat­lama have a good crop of play­ers but they need to get their house in or­der as soon as pos­si­ble.

Tse Put­soa have re­cently been marred by off-the-field prob­lems which cul­mi­nated in the res­ig­na­tion of head coach Moses Maliehe.

Bantu are also in with a shout but they need to be more con­sis­tent hav­ing dropped valu­able points in their last two matches against Sky Bat­tal­ion and San­dawana which ended in draws.

As for LCS, they have been blow­ing hot and cold, but the Cor­rec­tional Ser­vice side still boast a qual­ity side with a good blend of youth and ex­pe­ri­ence.

When all has been said and done, Li­oli re­mains the team to beat. They have the best squad in the league and time will tell if they can go all the way to win a his­toric third ti­tle on the trot.

li­oli play­ers hoist the 2015/16 Vo­da­com Premier League tro­phy at Set­soto Sta­dium in this file pic.

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