MASERU — The Sunday Express looks back at the highlights of yet another nail-biting Vodacom Premier League season that came to an end last Sunday.
With a tight league which saw four of the competing 14 teams relegated to A Division, this was certainly the most cut throat season Lesotho has seen in a long while.
LCS came out tops winning their fifth championship, their third in five years.
How it ended
Top four (prize money in brackets): LCS (M100 000), LDF (M60 000) Bantu (M50 000), Linare (M42 500).
Relegated: Mphatlalatsane, Lerotholi, Swallows and Mabeoana
Surprise of the season: Maduma
The Khukhune side surprised all and sundry. They were a breath of fresh air to the league and finished ninth. Khathatso Sekonyela, Mosito Koena and Moloi Chitja provided the goals while Sidwell Mothea brought some experience and class. Credit also goes to the coach, Phera Ntsatsana, for moulding the team, and as he has said frequently, it was a team effort.
Worst team of the season:
Mabeoana were demoted after collecting only nine points.
Find of the season: Phafa Tšosane (Matlama)
Tšosane was introduced into the Matlama team two months into the race and gradually showed what a special player he is. Superb on the ball and a great decision maker, he is definitely one for the future. Excelled whenever he played but Tšosane really showed his class by bossing the game when Matlama played Lioli in Teyateyaneng in early March.
Coach of the season: Tšehla Lerotholi (Bantu)
For turning Bantu into genuine title contenders and leading them within three weeks of winning the league.
Golden Boot: Mojela Letsie (LDF) Thabane Rankara (LCS) (both 13 goals)
Improvements for next season
Playing fields were arguably the biggest hindrance to Lesotho football. There is need for soccer authorities demand that all teams should have well maintained fields. This could hopefully attract more sponsorship.
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