We have reached the end of the first round of the Vodacom Premier League, and footballers and their coaches can now take a deserved break for the Christmas holiday.
It has, indeed, been a great season of entertaining soccer and we all look forward to an equally interesting second round of the campaign.
Lioli go to the break enjoying a comfortable lead of seven points over defending champions Bantu. The Teyateyaneng outfit have enjoyed a great run of form of late, with the players living up to expectations and ensuring an interesting tussle with Bantu, for the championship.
The season has also seen some footballers whose careers had been under threat, being resurrected and one of those players was Litšepe Marabe. Marabe is in top form at Bantu after spending last season on the sidelines at Pretoria-based, first division side Garankuwa United due to work-permit complications.
The striker has however, rediscovered his form which made him such a hit at Bantu before leaving for the ill-fated stint at Garankuwa.
League rookies, Kick4Life and Likila United, have also not disappointed and continue to surprise their seasoned counterparts and are both safely out of the relegation zone.
Like I said, yesterday’s matches were the last for the first-half campaign and based on what we saw in the teams’ 13 fixtures apiece, we are surely going to have a very competitive second round. All the 14 teams would be trying to avoid relegation, while also fighting for Top8 and Top4 finishes that guarantee them places in lucrative knockout tournaments next season.
On the other hand, the Lesotho Basketball Association (LBA) is currently hosting its last tournament of the year dubbed Charity Summer Slam. The event is taking place at Lehakoe and features teams from Lesotho, South Africa and Botswana.
The LBA has been quite active this year, and leaving no stone unturned in pushing for the growth of the sport. I hope this passionate group of youngsters is going to come back from the Christmas break even more determined to take their chosen sport to a higher plane.
On the other hand, it has not been a very busy schedule for the Lesotho Netball Association. However, the association has also been trying to revive the sport and holding coaching clinics for teachers in various districts.
This was a great move, I should say, because to be the best, we have to start from the grassroots so I think the association deserves a pat on the shoulder and I heard they would be wrapping up the year with a netball festival at LCS Grounds next weekend, which can only help motivate the players.
The Lesotho Volleyball Association (LVA) will also wrap-up the year in style as it has sent Redskins and LDF to the 2014 Zone VI Inter-Club Championship set for Mozambique from today until 20 December.
On a different note, I would like to impart some advice to our sportspeople. It is a known fact that we have different ways of celebrating especially around this festive season where there are many activities lined-up for the youths.
My sincere plea to the players is that go out there, have a great time, but steer clear of any trouble that might put your lives and careers in jeopardy.
You should always remember that you are ambassadors of the sponsors of your teams and also role-models to the upcoming generation.