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LCS retain league title

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MASERU — Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) retained their Vodacom Lesotho Premier League title when they beat Joy 2-1 in Hlotse on Sunday.

LCS coach, Mosholu “Shoes” Mokhothu, praised his side’s team spirit for leading the club to their second successive league title.

This was LCS’ sixth league title, making them the third most successful team in the country after Matlama and LDF who have won 10 and eight league titles respectively.

Masheshena — as LCS are known — lifted the title with two matches to go.

The 2011/12 league champions will be handed their trophy and winners’ medals on Saturday after their match against relegation survivors, Maduma at the Lesotho Correctional Service ground.

For their efforts LCS will receive a cheque for M180 000 from league sponsors Vodacom Lesotho.

Mokhothu praised his team for soldering on despite their struggle to maintain form during some stages in the course of the season.

“What a season. You’ve got to praise the unity and spirit of our players; they were brilliant and well done to them,” Mokhothu said.

The coach said the team’s staff also contributed to their victory by making thorough preparations for the season.

“We have always prided ourselves in winning league trophies and it has become a culture.”

The former Lioli coach is now among the most successful coaches in the country, with the 2011/12 win giving him his fourth league medal as gaffer.

“Sunday was a wonderful day for all involved with the team, a season of hard work has come to fruition,” Mokhothu said.

“We have got good individuals, terrific individuals who all worked their socks off. But what has come more to the forefront is the work ethic of the team.”

Mokhothu added that he was really honoured to have led the team to their sixth league title and everyone was sharing the special achievement.

He however bemoaned their 3-0 aggregate loss to Uganda URA in the CAF Champion’s League during the course of the season.

“I hope it was a learning curve for our coming campaigns in the continental competition,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mpharane Celtics will be fighting to keep their hopes of surviving relegation by beating Joy in Hlotse.

On the same day, Matlama host Lioli at Setsoto Stadium as two of the country’s biggest sides fight for a top four finish.

It looks all over for Majantja as Masupha Letsie’s charges find themselves at the bottom of the premier league table.

Majantja have managed only two wins after 20 matches.

They face second-placed LDF on Saturday before their last fixture of the 2011/12 campaign against Likhopo on May 6.

The Mohale’s Hoek-based outfit look set for a quick return to the A Division a year after they were promoted.

All the matches will be played on Saturday.

Full fixtures:

Linare v FC Likhopo

Joy FC v Mpharane Celtic

LDF v Majantja

LMPS v Bantu

LCS v Maduma

Matlama v Lioli

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