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Lioli, Bantu tie postponed

Pascalinah Kabi

MASERU — The much anticipated premier league tie between Lioli and Bantu has been postponed to next year.
Premier League Management Committee public relations officer, Lehlohonolo Matlosa, told the Sunday Express on Friday that the encounter has been postponed because Lioli have three players in the Makoanyane XI squad currently doing duty in Botswana.
“The tie between Lioli and Bantu has been postponed to next year because Lioli have three of their key players in the Makoanyane XI squad which left for Botswana,” Matlosa said.
The date is yet to be announced.
The match was scheduled to be played today in Mafeteng and fans from both sides were expecting fireworks.
Lioli’s three key players — ‘Montoeli Sonopo, Thuso Mankoane and Teboho Lekhooa — left the country with the Makoanyane XI on Thursday for the Metropolitan Cosafa Under-20 Youth Championship in Gaborone.
Matlosa said the local fixture calendar is already tight and it was going to be difficult to squeeze in the postponed match this year.
Tse Nala, as Lioli are affectionately known, will be back in action on Saturday when they travel to Butha-Buthe to face Maduma.
On the other hand, Bantu, A Matšo Matebele, will lock horns with Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) next Sunday.
Lioli and Bantu will take on Matlama and Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) respectively on the last weekend before Christmas to end their programme for this year.

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