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June 28, 2022

STAFF REPORTER

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Makateng wins big at Vodacom Premier League awards

Makateng wins big at Vodacom Premier League awards

Story highlights

  • Deadly striker scoops four awards
  • Makateng pockets a total of M51 000 in prize monies

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LDF FC striker, Katleho Makateng was the big winner at the Vodacom Premier League awards ceremony that was held this past weekend to reward outstanding individuals from the 2020/2021 season.

The deadly marksman walked away with the Player of the Season Award, the Players Player of the Award, the Young Player of the Season Award as well as the Top Goal Scorer Award, pocketing a total of M51 000 in prize monies for scooping the four accolades.

The 23-year-old forward was the surprise package this past season scoring an impressive 20 goals in his first year in the premier league, becoming the first player in the history of Lesotho football to collect four awards in one season.

“It was an exciting night for me, and I run out of words to explain the feeling of that night, when I won the four awards,” Makateng said.

“I thank God because all the success would not be possible without Him. I also want to thank my coaches and teammates for the support they gave me. I’m over the moon and grateful too.”

The former Litšilo striker stated that he gave his all in the previous campaign, adding he was not surprised at the results his efforts had yielded.

Among other achievements was scoring for Likuena in just his second match in the national squad.

“I think the effort I put this past season, is the reason for all the success that has come my way. Looking back, I worked very hard though it feels like I’m dreaming,” added the LDF striker.

“My teammates and colleagues have been telling me that I worked hard and deserve all the accolades and I really appreciate their support,” he said.

Matlama enjoyed a clean sweep in other categories as their coach Molebatsi Mothobi as well as three of their players that helped Tse Putsoa win the league title this past season, walked away with other three major awards of the night.

Molebatsi guided the Sea-Point-based outfit to the league title having started the campaign as the assistant coach. He took over the reins after his predecessor, Charles Manda was sacked.

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The team’s impressive campaign saw it finish 10 points ahead of LDF in second spot. The Matlama coach pocketed M12 000 for his efforts.

Veteran and long serving midfielder, Jane Thabantṧo scooped the midfielder of the Season Award while Monaheng Ramalefane beat his national team rivals in Sekhoane Moerane, and Tankiso Chaba for the Goalkeeper of the Season award having conceded only 14 goals throughout the 2020/2021 season.

Veteran defender, Lekhooa Salebone was also rewarded for an impressive season playing as a centre back as Matlama went to clinch their record 11th Premier League title.

The Referee of the Season Award went to Retšelisitsoe Molise while Lesupi Puputla was the Assistant Referee of the Season with each pocketing M5 000.

 

 

 

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