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Premier league roars back to life


Chris Theko

The soccer activity dearth comes to an end this weekend with the resumption of the Premier Soccer League starting on Saturday.

The prestige league returns under a new sponsor in telecommunications giant Vodacom Lesotho, and unlike the previous editions will feature 16 teams.

The Vodacom Premier League resumes with a plethora of fixtures the highlight of which will be a double-header at the Setsoto Stadium on Saturday where Kick4Life opens against defending champions Bantu, while last year’s runners up Matlama squire up against Swallows later in the day.

The league has been inactive since mid-March this year when sporting activity was suspended due to the Covid-19 outbreak that sent everyone and everything into hiding. 

When the league was suspended Bantu was sitting comfortably at the top with 50 points after 18 matches, some 16 points clear of their next contender, second-placed Matlama from the same number of games. 

At the bottom, Swallows and Lijabatho were saved by the bell when the league was declared over by Lesotho Football Association, while CCX and Manonyane became the two new-comers following a decision to promote lower-tier teams while halting relegation of the last two teams of the premier league.

In other encounters, Lesotho Correctional Services (LCS) will host Sefotha Fotha at LCS ground, with rookies CCX paying the Lesotho Mounted Police Services (LMPS) a visit later that day at the LDF ground. 

On Sunday, Liphakoe play host to league debutants, Manonyane at LDF while Linare hosts Lioli at Maputsoe DiFA stadium. 

LDF will take a long trip up north to Butha Buthe to play Lifofane while Likhopo will take on Lijabatho at LCS ground.  0000

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