The reigning Women Super League champions, LDF Ladies, players walked away victorious after scooping all the players’ on offer at the League Awards ceremony held at Bambatha Tsita on Friday.
Striker, Kholu Lebakeng, grabbed the golden boot award after scoring 20 league goals while goalkeeper, Thuto Maifo, was named the best goalkeeper and Ntsabeng Pelea scooped the most prestigious award of the best player of the season.
Lehloenya Nkhasi, was also named the coach of the season while Polotsoi Maapara and Mathabo Kolokotoane walked away with the assistant referee and referee of the season awards respectively.
All the winners pocketed M1000 prize money and a trophy except for the player of the season who won M1500.
Nkhasi, who marshalled his charges to also win the Top4 tournament, told the Sunday Express that he was proud of his team’s exploits and said the awards were testimony for the hard work they put in.
“We really worked hard and I think these players deserved this recognition,” Nkhasi said.
“I am very proud of them and all the work they put in throughout the season. When the season started, we had our goals and I can proudly say that we managed to achieve most of them and that was through their determination.
He expressed gratitude to the LDF command for the support and said it would have been impossible for him to achieve this fete without their backing.
Nkhasi said they would now focus on the defense of both trophies in the coming season.
“Now the target is to go and defend these two trophies and make history in our league by the double in consecutive seasons,” said Nkhasi.
Women Football Association president, Puseletso Mokhosi, thanked the Lesotho Football Association (LeFA) for bankrolling the league and ensuring its sustenance three seasons after it was revived.
“We thank LeFA for the support and also for moral support, as you may know the challenges that women face are different from those that men face.
“The fact that we have been consistent for three seasons means that our football has grown and the level of competition in the league bears testimony. The fact league also feeds into the national squad which becomes stronger because players have more exposure,” Mokhosi said.
She said they are now celebrating the good moments in women football and congratulated all the winners.
Berea Ladies, who moved from the bottom of the table last season to finish fifth this season were named the most improved team and got M500.
The League winners got M10 000 with first, second and third runners ups getting M9000, M8000 and M7000 respectively.
The teams that came number six, seven and eight got M6000, M5500 and M4000 in that order.