Play-offs roar into life

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THE Econet Pre­mier League pro­mo­tional play-offs roar into life this af­ter­noon with Litha­ba­neng Golden host­ing Ke­tane at Bam­batha Tsita Sports Arena Grounds.

The play-offs fea­ture Litha­ba­neng Golden and Ke­tane who both fin­ished as run­ners-up in the A Di­vi­sion streams and Likhopo who fin­ished 12th on the premier­ship log.

The play-offs are meant to fill the void that was left by the now de­funct San­dawana FC who were dis­qual­i­fied for fail­ing to ful­fil mul­ti­ple league fix­tures.

In the sec­ond fix­ture, Likhopo will play Litha­ba­neng Golden three days later at the same venue.

Likhopho face Ke­tane in the last of the play-off matches at Ma­put­soe DIFA Ground on Satur­day.

Pre­mier League man­age­ment Com­mit­tee (PLMC) spokesper­son Lekholoa Mos­ito con­firmed that the play-offs are set to start this week­end af­ter pro­tracted de­lib­er­a­tions.

“All the par­ties have fi­nally reached an agree­ment that the play-offs have to start this Sun­day (to­day) with Litha­ba­neng Golden play­ing Ke­tane,” Mos­ito said.

Mos­ito said the play-offs will held in a round robin for­mat where the teams will only play against each other once. The team that reg­is­ters the most points will qual­ify to play in the premier­ship.

On new play­ers Mos­ito said the teams will only be el­i­gi­ble to use play­ers that were reg­is­tered last sea­son.

“We are aware that the trans­fer win­dow is open and some teams have al­ready started buy­ing new play­ers but only play­ers that were reg­is­tered last sea­son are el­i­gi­ble for the play-offs. In any case, no team has reg­is­tered for a club li­cense yet so the new play­ers are not yet reg­is­tered.

“We met with all the teams that are par­tic­i­pat­ing in the play-offs and ev­ery­thing has been ex­plained to them. We had pre­ferred that the teams play in two legged play-offs but we were di­rected to change that by the Le­sotho Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil to en­sure that we cut costs,” Mos­ito said.

LIKHOPO play­ers cel­e­brate a goal in this file pic­ture.

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