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League season to be extended

by Lesotho Times

BEREA — The premier league management committee says it might be forced to extend the league season to June because of a mounting backlog of matches.

The league season is due to end in May.

But the committee’s chairman, Lebohang Thotanyana, told the Lesotho Times this week that they could be forced to extend the season after a number of premier league matches were postponed.

Thotanyana said there are at least 10 matches that failed to take place in the first round leaving the committee with no option but to mull an extension of the season.

Last Sunday, two league matches involving Lioli and Matlama and Linare and Joy were postponed due to heavy rains.

“The game (Lioli/Matlama) has been postponed because the pitch is bad after heavy rain,” Thotanyana said. “Even the Leribe derby has also been disrupted by the rain.”

He said the fixtures list was now very tight because of the postponements.

Thotanyana said the huge backlog might force the management to extend the league season by one month.

“We will sit as a committee and assess the situation but as it is we have two options. The first one is to extend the league season to June or to re-arrange other games to be played during the course of a week,” Thotanyana said.

He said that backlog is negatively affecting the performance of teams as they are failing to gain momentum.

“The league is not gaining momentum as it was supposed to be. The standard of our league games is also deteriorating as players are not playing as regularly as they should.

“This is a big challenge for us and we are worried because extending the league to June is a bad idea because it will be very cold by then,” Thotanyana said.

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