MASERU — Likhopo handed LDF a real drubbing at the Central Prisons yesterday, sending the army side’s title plans into disarray.
In fact, if it wasn’t for Matlama’s goalless draw with Botha-Bothe Roses in yesterday’s other Premiership fixture, the army side would be facing a task as daunting as climbing Thabana Ntlenyane in their bid to claim their first league title since 2004.
After yesterday’s humiliation, Sohle-Sohle dropped seven points behind log-leaders Matlama, with nine matches to play, while Likhopo eased mounting fears of an unthinkable relegation.
Going into yesterday’s match just six points above the relegation zone, the 2004/05 and 2005/06 champions gave a dazzling second-half display reminiscent of the days when Likhopo ruled Lesotho, thanks to goals from Mokone Marabe, Mojalefa Tšoeu and Thabiso Mohapi.
The first-half had been a tough, high-octane affair.
LDF, unfortunate to lose to LMPS in the Top Four final last Sunday, started this game at a canter but met an inspired Kananelo Makhooane in Likhopo’s goals.
But Likhopo, who had been second-best in the first half, came out a different side after the interval and a two-goal blitz midway through the second half turned the game on its head.
In the 63rd minute, Likhopo were awarded a penalty for handball and Marabe calmly slotted home. Two minutes later, it was 2-0, Tšoeu ending a goalmouth scramble before Mohapi sealed the win in the 86th minute.
Even the late dismissal of captain Makhabane Kotope for violent conduct, failed to take any gloss off Likhopo’s victory.
While LDF were dropping points, champions Lioli were shooting a commercial at the Bambatha Tšita Sports Arena for soft drinks giant Coca-Cola.
The video will be aired in South America to promote the southern African region ahead of June’s Fifa World Cup in neighbouring South Africa.
Lioli will represent Lesotho in the commercial.
“We are filming a commercial which will be aired just before the World Cup,” the commercial’s producer Allison Levin said. “We saw them (Lioli) play (in a league match) and we decided to approach them for the project.”
Today, Lioli will look to capitalise on their rivals’ slip-ups when they host Majantja.
Yesterdays Premier League results:
Likhopo 3-0 LDF; Botha-Bothe Roses 0-0 Matlama; Linare 2-1 Bantu; Mphatlalatsane 0-0 Lerotholi.