Rain washes out matches

MASERU — A day after beating high-flying Bantu 2-1 in Mafeteng, to briefly climb atop the Vodacom Premier League, Matlama were forced to sit out on Sunday and watch helplessly as their rivals overtook them.
That is because their home fixture at Pitso Ground against Lerotholi was postponed due to heavy rain.
As this season progresses Matlama may rue such missed chances, which are wholly due to the poor nature of their pitch.
Although in Lesotho’s recent history teams playing catch-up in terms of games have usually won the league — Likhopo in 2004/05, LCS in 2005/06 and Lioli last year — the congested nature of this season may make it too much for any side to cope with a backlog that could include playing three games a week.
The Premier League season has to be done and dusted by May next year.
Linare also have the same pitch problems and their Sunday game with Swallows was postponed due to rain.
Another team that will struggle to win the league are LPMS, who once again demonstrated their inconsistency this past weekend.
After beating champions Lioli 1-0 on Saturday, Simunye lost 2-0 to Mphatlalatsane on Sunday slipping to eighth on the table.
“We want to finish in the top four this season,” Mphatlalatsane coach Khethang Ntsoerent said. “It is still very early (and) we are only four points off the top spot. It is very possible.”
The team in the top spot are Lioli who regained pole position with a 2-1 victory against struggling Rovers in Teyateyaneng on Sunday.

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