LCS send Lioli packing


…as last year’s Top8 runners-up, Linare, are also booted out of the tournament  

Mikia Kalati

Defending champions Lioli and last year’s runners-up Linare were knocked out of the LNIG Top8 tournament last weekend, alongside armyside LDF.

Tse Nala were beaten 1-0 by LCS in the second leg of the tournament’s quarterfinal played at PTC Ground on Saturday, after the two teams had drawn the first-leg encounter 0-0 three weeks ago.

On the other hand, Linare were beaten 1-0 in Hlotse on Sunday by Likhopo after the first-leg match had ended 1-1 in Maseru.

And after winning the first leg 2-1 at Pitso Ground also three weeks back, Matlama had to come from behind on Saturday to draw one-all against LDF, and advance to the semis on a 3-2 scoreline.

The last quarterfinal match of the tournament will see Qoaling Highlanders hosting Bantu this coming Sunday.

The fixture could not take place last weekend due to Bantu’s participation in the 2015 African Champions League.

The Mafeteng-based outfit hold an 8-0 advantage over Highlanders from the first leg match and appear to have already cemented their place in the semi-finals.

The winners of the competition rake-in M100 000, with the runners-up pocketing M80 000. The third and fourth-placed sides are set to take home M60 000 and M50 000 respectively, while the four quarterfinalists each receive M30 000.


Meanwhile, in the only Vodacom Premier League match played last weekend, Sundawana piled more misery on troubled Qoaling Highlanders with a 3-0 win in Butha-Buthe.

The result kept Highlanders at the bottom of the 14-team table with nine matches to go, and the Qoaling-based side need to end their losing streak lest they find themselves in the A Division next season.



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