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A Division enters homestretch

Teboho Molapo
MASERU — Maduma face Berea LMPS this afternoon knowing a win would bring them a giant step closer to the Promised Land — the Premier League.
Maduma, with 34 points, are top of the Vodacom A Division Northern Stream — three points clear of Mpharane Celtics.
And with only two rounds of the championship left after today, a win could all but secure the Butha-Buthe side’s promotion.
Maduma have a superior goal difference to Celtics and today face a Berea LMPS side that are rooted to the bottom of the log, with 10 defeats and just one win from their 15 matches this season.
Meanwhile Celtics, on 31 points, will look to keep up the pressure on the leaders with a home victory over fourth-placed Butha-Buthe Warriors.
In the Southern Stream, log leaders Arsenal — who were league champions in 1989, 1991 and 1993 — host Maseru Naughty Boys at Ratjomose in the capital.
A win over Naughty Boys would, at least, maintain Arsenal’s three-point advantage over second-placed Mabeoana.
Mabeoana, who are fresh from a crushing defeat to Melele last Sunday, need a win when they host Sefothafotha in Matsieng today.
Elsewhere in the Southern Stream, bottom-of-the-log Sekamaneng Young Stars will be seeking their first win in league football since a 1-0 victory over Mphatlalatsane on September 28, 2008.
Young Stars are without a victory since suffering relegation from the top flight last May, and today host second-from-bottom Little Flowers, needing a win to maintain any hopes of avoiding relegation.
Fixtures
Southern Stream:
Liphakoe vs Melele; Sekamaneng Young Stars vs Little Flowers; Mabeoana vs Sefothafotha; Arsenal vs Maseru; Naughty Boys; Mohale’s Hoek Young Stars vs Mafeteng LMPS
Northern Stream:
Berea LMPS vs Maduma; Roaring Lions vs Qalo; Mpharane Celtics vs Butha-Buthe Warriors; Butha-Buthe Fast XI vs Lifefo; Manamela Young Stars vs Mokhotlong LMPS

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