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A-Division to decide league winner after dispute

Teboho Molapo


MASERU — The team to be promoted to the Premier League from the A-Division Northern Stream will be known on Thursday after a boardroom decision.

Maduma had gained automatic promotion to the elite league topping the division one stream by virtue of a superior goal difference after beating Butha-Buthe Fast XI 7-1 in the last match of the season.

But Mpharane Celtics appealed against the result because Maduma’s match against Fast XI had kicked off an hour late.

Celtics, who could only beat Lifefo 5-1 in their last match, argued the kick-off delay had given the Butha-Buthe side an unfair advantage.

The A-Division Management Committee heard the case last week with the verdict expected to be announced on Thursday.

“The case was heard on Thursday and the judgement of the case will be revealed next Thursday,” the A-Division Management Committee’s secretary, ‘Mifi Ntseso, told the Sunday Express on Friday.

By that time, barring any similar protests, the winner of the Southern Stream will be known as well.

The Southern Stream will be completed this weekend after the Lesotho Football Associations’ arbitration body ruled against Melele’s appeal against the Disputes and Protests Committee’s earlier decision to order a replay of the Qacha’s Nek side’s match against Mabeoana.

Melele had won the original match 3-2, but Mabeoana appealed to the Disputes and Protests Committee citing the use of assistant referees both belonging to the home side.

The replay was played yesterday in Mohale’s Hoek.

Mabeoana, who led the A-Division Southern Stream on goal difference going into the weekend games, are away to Mohale’s Hoek Young Stars this afternoon.

Their closest challengers, Arsenal, host Sefothafotha.

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