MASERU — Joy hammered LMPS by two goals to nil in Hlotse yesterday to shoot to the top of the Vodacom Premier League log.
The win meant Joy leapfrogged previous leaders LDF after Sohle-Sohle were held to a goalless draw by a spirited Linare side at Ratjomose.
Joy now have 13 points from seven games, one point ahead of LDF, although the Ratjomose side has a game in hand.
With their point Linare moved up to eighth place with eight points.
But the story of the day was Joy’s win even if Motlatsi Thibinyane’s side’s stay at the top may only last for 24 hours.
LCS can dethrone Joy if they claim victory over Mpharane Celtics this afternoon. Nevertheless there was celebration in Sebothoane last night after Joy picked up a win in what was their first league game in almost two months.
Joy’s goals both came in the first half, courtesy of Ntoi Lekeno’s strike before Sekonyela Ntlhokoe doubled the lead for the hosts.
Joy who were expected to struggle are now top of the pile and showed again against LMPS that they are a tough nut to crack.
Joy have now conceded just once at home all season and inflicted LMPS’s second successive defeat, both coming in Leribe.
At Ratjomose, LDF kept up their unbeaten record leaving Sohle-Sohle right in amongst the leaders.
The match against Linare was a spirited one which in the end could have gone either way. Later on Linare’s Napo Sehloho struck the crossbar with a thunderous shot before Linare keeper Atlehang Ntsonyana produced a fine save to deny LDF striker Mojela Letsie.
In Mohale’s Hoek Majantja claimed their first win of the season, beating Maduma 1-0.
The win moved the newly-promoted side out of the relegation zone for the first time this season, consigning Matlama and Likhopo to the two drop spots.
This afternoon Matlama and Likhopo will be looking to improve their lowly league positions when they clash at Ratjomose. Likhopo are stuck to the foot of the table without a win all season while Tse Putsoa are second bottom with four points, only three more than Likhopo.
Meanwhile, the schedule for Lesotho’s 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifying campaign has been finalised.
Likuena will open their campaign against Ghana away from home in the first weekend of June next year.
In a week’s time Likuena will then host Sudan at Setsoto Stadium in what should be a momentous occasion.
Lesotho will then have to wait until March 2013 to host Zambia in the third match of the group stage.
Two games — Zambia away and Ghana at home — then come in quick succession in June, before Likuena travel to Sudan to round off their campaign in September 2013.
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