Buzzing sporting weekend

THE past weekend has been a busy one as far as sport is concerned in this country.
Of-course, the match-fixing allegations have made the big headlines across different media platforms, especially social media.

Soccer fanatics have called on the Lesotho Football Association (Lefa) to respond to these allegations making headlines, not only in our country, but in South African newspapers for some time now.
Lefa has, on several occasions, through their president, Salemane Phafane, held special media briefings in a bid to clear their name against any wrongdoing over different issues, but it is really worrying that they cannot do the same over these match-fixing allegations.
Something smells fishy here. Our football is at stake and we demand answers.

The past weekend also saw Bantu, who recently clinched the Premier League title with three games to go, suffer their first defeat of the 2013/14 season.
I would have loved to see them finish the campaign without a loss, at least which would have given me confidence that they could finally be the Lesotho side that will do well in the CAF Champions League next year.
Congratulations to A Matšo Matebele; they were the best team since the start of the season.

I still insist that above all, credit should be given to the management of the club that has worked so hard to make this team a force to reckon with.
It’s only about five seasons ago that Bantu returned to topflight football, and after finishing as runners-up to Lioli in the previous campaign, they have now finally won the league title that has eluded them for over 50 years.

I have a lot of respect for club president, Mr John Leuta — a man who believes in teamwork and leads by example — and the rest of the Mafeteng-based team also came to the party to make Bantu one of the best teams in the country.

The club brought in Motlatsi Shale at the start of the season, confident he was the man to lead their star-studded side to the league title and the unassuming coach did just that.
Lioli and Linare also deserve praise, having made it an interesting battle at the top of the table; up to the very end.
I have seen a lot of improvement in our Premier League over the last three years and hope the standards will get even better next season.
I have to say, we also have to thank a lot of companies that have come on board to sponsor our teams, as well as different competitions.
This coming weekend will also see the national under-20 team, Makoanyane XI, under the microscope yet again.
The youngsters host Angola in the first leg of the African Youth Championship, second round qualifiers at Setsoto Stadium on Sunday.
The team’s performance was not convincing at all a fortnight ago when they lost 1-2 to Swaziland at home, despite beating the same team 3-0 in Mbabane in the first leg tie.
I hope Moses Maliehe and his technical team have rectified the mistakes that resulted in the humbling defeat because they have to work hard to get past Angola, to make it to the third round.
This time around, Makoanyane XI start at home and it is very important that they win the first leg encounter because I know, for a fact, that the return leg in Luanda will be extremely tough for our boys.

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