Clash put on ice


MASERU — The eagerly awaited clash pitting title favourites Matlama against defending champions Lioli has been put on hold.

The Premier League had last week insisted the match would go ahead this weekend even though it did not appear on the April fixtures schedule because the league had suspended Lioli’s home games on March 20.

The match, when it finally happens, is expected to be played at a neutral venue.

The last time the two sides met on January 24 the match was prematurely ended after violence erupted between rival supporters.

The Premier League’s communications and marketing manager, Lehlohonolo Matlosa, yesterday said the match had been postponed because Matlama had a number of players on national duty.

The players are part of Lesotho’s Under-20 side to face Mozambique in a CAF Youth Championship qualifier on Sunday.

“The match has been postponed because Matlama have a number of players with the national Under-20 side,” Matlosa said.

“We also haven’t decided the venue but we will issue a press statement next Tuesday.”

Matlama are 10 points ahead of the second-placed Lioli, although Tse Nala have a game in hand.

The Maseru glamour boys need just four points from their last four games to claim the championship, while Lioli will have to win all their remaining fixtures.

And one of the teams Lioli have to beat is none other than Matlama.

“We were thinking that the match can be played on the 24th of April,” Matlosa said of the big game.

“If Matlama were to win that match they would be champions because Lioli are their nearest challengers.

“So we were already planning to make arrangements to possibly have a crowning ceremony at the match.”

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