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Lioli on top for 3 consecutive weeks


Seabata Mahao

For three consecutive weeks, the Berea giants, Lioli FC, have maintained their grip at the top of the Vodacom Premier League (VPL).

Lioli maintain their stronghold at the summit of the league, tallying an impressive 57 points from 25 games. With a formidable goal difference of 28, the team boasts 17 wins, six draws, and only two losses.

Their offensive prowess is evident, having netted 41 goals while conceding just 13.

Their recent goalless draw against Lijabatho FC may have been a slight hiccup, but it has not dampened their spirits. In fact, it has fueled their determination to maintain their position at the top as the league enters its final stages.

Affectionately known as Tse Nala, Lioli has endured a dry spell in recent years, last clinching the league title in 2015.

A victory this year would mark their sixth premier league title since the inception of the league in 1970 in Lesotho.

In hot pursuit of Lioli are Matlama FC, trailing by three points with 54 points from 24 games.

Despite a game in hand, Matlama showcase a commendable goal difference of 32, notching 16 wins, six draws, and two losses. Their attacking flair sees them with 46 goals scored and 14 goals conceded.

In third place, Bantu FC sit with 50 points from 24 games, displaying a goal difference of 36. The team has secured 14 wins, eight draws, and two losses, scoring a remarkable 53 goals while conceding 17.

With only five matches remaining in the VPL season for most teams, the race for the title has reached a fever pitch.

However, Matlama FC, Bantu FC, Linare FC, and LCS FC still have their catch-up matches scheduled for April 27, adding an extra layer of anticipation to the final stretch of the season.

This weekend’s fixtures promise to deliver thrilling encounters as teams battle it out for crucial points.

On Saturday, April 13, football enthusiasts can expect intense clashes as LDF FC host Liphakoe FC, LMPS FC welcome LCS FC to PTC Ground, Naughty Boys FC square off against Bantu FC at Morija Ground, and Linare FC take on LU FC at DIFA Maputsoe.

Sunday, April 14, will see Lioli FC looking to extend their lead as they host CCX FC at DIFA Maputsoe, while Lijabatho FC aim for redemption against ACE Maseru FC at Morija Ground.

Additionally, Machokha FC brace for a tough encounter against Matlama FC at Bambatha Tšita Sports Arena, while Lifofane FC host Manonyane FC at Botha-Bothe Ground.

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