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‘Mammoth task for LCS to retain league’

Mikia Kalati MASERU — Former Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) and Likuena midfielder Malefetsane Pheko, says Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) will find it harder to maintain their stranglehold on the premier league title this season. Masheshena, as the correctional services outfit is affectionately known, dominated the local scene over the past two years, winning back-to-back league titles to put their name among the most successful clubs in the country after Matlama and LDF. However, Pheko told the Sunday Express that the quality of players in the squad of Matlama, Lioli, LDF and Bantu could help break the stranglehold. The former Likuena captain said Likhopo could also mix with the Lesotho premier league big guns after securing a M1 million sponsorship deal with Matekane Group of Companies (MGC). “It’s going to be a very interesting season and it will be very difficult for LCS to dominate again,” Pheko, a former Likuena skipper, said.

“Their domination of local football is actually under threat because Bantu, Matlama and Likhopo are making their presence felt in the transfer market by buying quality players. “This will have the effect of improving their chances of doing well,” he said. Pheko said LSC themselves still have a good squad, but need to reinforce their team a bit. “You can never know what they have in mind ahead of the new season because they are also known for buying big name players. “The upcoming season is going to be an interesting contest,” he said. Bantu have added former Matlama fan favourite, Litšepe Marabe, to their already star-studded squad, making them favourites for the title from the start. The talented winger has come back home to revive his career after an unsuccessful spell with Botswana outfit Flamingo Santos. Former Matlama utility player Tsoanelo Koetle on the other side has joined Lioli on a three-year contract in one of the biggest transfer deals of the pre-season.

Controversial Sello ’Muso is another player who could make a buzz in the new season. The talented former Lioli bad boy is on the verge of re-signing with former club Likhopo. “Scalo” as the player is popularly known had troubled years at the Teyateyaneng-based outfit due to his wayward behaviour off the field. He rejoins the team alongside Likuena teammate, Thapelo Tale, in the youthful Likhopo squad.

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