Lesotho Times

Roses off to worst start ever

MASERU —  Never before has a Premier League club started a season so badly. Even the legendary Sekamaneng Young Stars had a win, and a draw, to their name at the same stage last season.
After being thumped 5-1 by LDF on Sunday Butha-Buthe Roses prop up the Vodacom Premier League with a record of no wins in six games, five goals scored and 21 conceded.
Roses were ruthlessly put to the sword by the army side at Ratjomose with LDF striker Mojela Letsie claiming the first hat-trick of the season, and Lire Phiri and Tšepo Keketsi adding the finishing touches to the rout.
It means LDF climb to the top of the league, taking advantage of Lioli’s inactivity and Matlama’s slip-up in Mohale’s Hoek.
And in typical Sohle-Sohle fashion, the army side has gone about their business without much commotion, quietly marching towards the top of the league.
LDF stalwart Malefetsane Pheko would have no other way.
“It is something that we like; sometimes when people don’t talk about you it means they fear you (but) sometimes it means they don’t think you are a threat,” Pheko said.
“The fact that we are not everyone’s favourites (for the league title) makes us work harder and more determined.”
Pheko is also doubling up as assistant coach to Kolisang Seutloali because Motheo Mohapi, who began the season as LDF’s head coach, is in China due to work reasons.
“As you know we lost to Lerotholi a couple of weeks ago. We took it as a setback and we went and examined ourselves. Since then we have beaten Majantja 2-0 and Butha-Buthe 5-1,” LDF public relations officer Donny Nthakha told the Lesotho Times on Tuesday.
“It is too early to talk about the league,” Nthakha added.
“It’s still premature to say that the team is going to do this or that, but when I look at the team they are doing very well.”
Another side doing well are Matlama.
However Tse Putsoa lost their brief lead at the top of the Vodacom Premier League after they were held to a 2-2 draw by Majantja in Mohale’s Hoek.
Also on Sunday, Likhopo’s stop-start opening to the season continued when they were beaten 3-0 by Lerotholi.
But the results of the weekend belong to Leribe sides Mphatlalatsane and Joy, who beat Rovers and Swallows respectively away from home.

Weekend results:
Sunday
Lerotholi Polytechnic 3-0 Likhopo
Rovers 0-2 Mphatlalatsane
Majantja 2-2 Matlama
LDF 5-1 Butha-Buthe Roses
Swallows 0-2 Joy

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