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May 10, 2022

STAFF REPORTER

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Matlama crowned Vodacom Premier League champs

Matlama crowned Vodacom Premier League champs

The new Vodacom Premier League champs, Matlama FC

Story highlights

  • Tse Putsoa scoop title with four games left
  • Bantu finish campaign 4th placed

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MATLAMA were on Sunday crowned the Vodacom Premier League champions following a 3-1 victory over Bantu to conclude the 2020/21 Premier League season in style.

Tse Putsoa clinched the title with four games to spare almost a fortnight ago for their record 11th Lesotho Premier League title.

Veteran forward, Jane Thabantšo netted a brace to finish the campaign as Tse Putsoa’s top marksman with 14 goals while Khotso Molelengoana scored the other goal to hand the new champions a 3-1 victory over Bantu, who were the champions in the previous season.

Matlama finished the campaign with 72 points, 10 points more than second placed LDF.

LDF, who have been ruthless in the second round, maintained their impressive run with a 3-0 victory over Liphakoe as Katleho Makate continued with his goal scoring run, netting a brace to take his tally to 20 goals. The army side finished the season on second position with 62 points

Makateng finishes the 2020/2021 Vodacom Premier League season as the top goal-scorer with 20 goals ahead of Makarov Ntaitsane of LCS while Matlama’s Thabantšo appears third with 14 goals.

Masheshena, as LCS are affectionately known, beat Kick4Life 3-0 on Saturday to secure their spot among the top four teams in the leagues, thanks to a brace from Ntaitsane and a goal from Hlomelang Lebina. LCS end the campaign in third position on 52 points.

Bantu, who are the defending champions, finish the season in fourth spot following a 3-1 loss at the hands of Matlama on the last day of the season.

A Matšo Matebele have had a disastrous season after parting ways with Coach Bob Mafoso early in the season and replacing him with Thabo Tsutsulupa, who was fired after only four matches in charge.

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Former league champions, Lioli also had a difficult season, which have seen them miss out on a place among the top four teams to end the campaign in fifth position. Tse Nala beat already relegated Likhopo 2-1 in their last game of the season on Sunday.

There was also jubilation for the likes of Linare, Lijabatho and LMPS, who were all able to finish the campaign among the top 8 teams in the league.

At the bottom of the table, former Premier League champions, Likhopo lost their topflight status and will have to prepare for life in the A Division alongside Sefothafotha, who have also been relegated.

The Red Army, who have a rich history in Lesotho football having helped to kickstart careers of the likes of Bokang ‘Lefty’ Mothoana, Tefo Maipato, Ralekoti Mokhahlane, Katleho Moleko, Tlali Maile and many more, have been playing Premier League football for the last 20 years.

Saturday

Linare 2-1 CCX
Lijabatho 2-1 Sefothafotha

LCS 3-0 Kick4Life

Sunday

LMPS 2-0 Manonyane

Liphakoe 0-3 LDF

Matlama 3-1 Bantu

Lifofane 1-0 Swallows

Lioli 2-1 Likhopo

 

 

  

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