By Mikia Kalati
MASERU — The Vodacom premier league will resume this weekend after the international break with exciting matches that will see league champions Lioli renewing their rivalry against Likhopo in a match set for Teyateyaneng on Saturday.
The other exciting epic battle will see on song Linare playing against LDF who are also yet to lose after the two opening matches.
Lioli welcome seven of their players who were part of the Likuena team that beat Sudan 1-3 last weekend and their coach, Mosholu “Shoe” Mokhothu is confident of continuing with their fine start to the new season.
“I do not think the break will affect the rhythm of the team and I hope we will continue where we left off after the 3-0 win over Qoaling Highlanders a fortnight ago,” Mokhothu said.
“I’m aware that sometimes the break can affect the team’s performance, but I do not feel that it will be the case as we make final preparations for the match against Likhopo.
He said he is aware that his team will have to be at their best to come out winners against a team of Likhopo’s quality.
Mokhothu said the break has also given him a chance to look at other players as he is spoiled for choice with a big squad with more than eight new players in the team.
“The competition for a place in the starting line-up is very fierce which make it very interesting as every player wants to fight for the team,” said Mokhothu.
“I hope that the players will put up a good display on the weekend to help the team continue with their impressive performance to the new season,” he said.
Veteran Likhopo coach, Bishop Molatoli, who has come back to the hot seat after Motlatsi Shale left the team for Bantu, said his youthful squad will give Lioli a run for their money.
Likhopo is still without the duo of Thapelo Tale and Tumelo Khutlang whose feature with the club is still uncertain despite the transfer window having closed last week.
However, Malatoli said they have a team capable of holding their own against any side even without Tale and Khutlang.
They lost to LDF in their opening match of the season and managed a goalless draw against Bantu in the second match.
Last season runners up, Bantu, will be seeking their first win of the campaign when they host a youthful Joy side on Saturday in Mafeteng.
The Mafeteng based side are winless in their opening two matches and their coach, Motlatsi Shale will be hoping to get his first win since his appointment in the offseason.
The other tie will see LCS at home to Mphatlalatsane who beat LMPS before the international break to register their first win since winning promotion back to the elite league. Premier league fixtures:
Lioli vs Likhopo
LCS vs Mphatlalatsane
LDF vs Linare
Bantu vs Joy
Mpharane Celtic vs Qoaling Highlanders
Nyenye Rovers vs Matlama
LMPS vs Melele