MASERU — Defending league champions Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) will be in search of their first win in the new campaign when they host Mpharane Celtics at their home ground this afternoon. Masheshena, as the correctional service outfit are affectionately known, failed to register a win in their opening league match against Joy in Hlotse last Sunday. However LCS coach, Mosholu “Shoes” Mokhothu, is confident his boys will give Mpharane Celtic a lesson they will never forget in today’s match at the Lesotho Correctional ground.
“We won the league title for the two consecutive years and every club will do their best to prove a point against us, as was the case against Joy last weekend,” said Mokhothu. “We have one of the most experienced squads in the premier league and I have no doubt that we will pick up the pieces from last week’s 2-2 draw and play like the defending champions.” Mokhothu said competition for the league title is going to be tough after the likes of Bantu and Likhopo reinforced their teams with seasoned players of high quality during the off season.
Elsewhere, former league champions Likhopo host Qoaling Highlanders at the Ratjomose Barracks ground. Likhopo team manager, Qamako Mahao, told the Sunday Express that they want to keep the momentum after a convincing 2-0 win over Linare in the opening match of the new campaign.
“We cannot underestimate the league newcomers because they are always a difficult opponent,” said Mahao. “What I can say is that all our new players have been cleared to play in today’s match against Highlanders. “We do not have targets as yet but our main aim is to have a formidable side that can compete both locally and internationally,” said Likhopo team manager.
Likuena striker Lehlomela Ramabele will be one of the players hoping to make a mark in his first premier league appearance in the red and white colours of Likhopo. Ramabele is back in the country after a three-year stint with Botswana Defence Force. The talented forward joined BDF as a teenager from then A Division outfit Mabeoana. Former Lesotho youth international, Kopano Tseka, is another player hoping to make an impressive start in the colours of Likhopo. The lanky defender has been signed from the A Division side Lerotholi Polytechnic after completing his studies at the institution.
FC Likhopo v Qoaling Highlanders
LCS v Mpharane Celtic