MASERU — If Sekamaneng Young Stars fail to win this weekend they will be relegated from the Premier League.
That’s the long and short of it.
With five games to go this season, Young Stars find themselves bottom of the league, effectively 12 points from safety.
It means if Young Stars don’t beat title-chasing Lioli on Saturday they will make a swift return to the first division.
Promoted last season, Young Stars’ sojourn in the top-flight league has been a nightmare.
They have lost 20 of their last 21 games — including a 19-match losing streak.
The Sekamaneng outfit have conceded a whopping 66 goals, scoring just eight — giving them a goal difference of minus 58.
The next worst is Naughty Boys’ minus 31.
It is all a far cry from Young Stars’ promising start to the season, which began with an impressive 1-0 victory at Mphatlalatsane before draws with Matlama, Rovers and Naughty Boys gave the new boys a respectable haul of six points from their first four games.
Since then they have only collected one more point.
Lioli themselves have to win if they are to keep their title hopes alive.
Lioli are seven points behind leaders LDF.
And even though Lioli have a game in hand, any more slip-ups will be fatal.
Elsewhere, second-from-bottom Majantja entertain LMPS on Saturday, while 14th-placed Naughty Boys host defending champions LCS.
LCS, lying third, come into the game on the back of a four-match winning streak.
However, all eyes will be on Sekamaneng.
Lioli’s 6-0 win over Sekamaneng Young Stars way back in October was the beginning of Young Stars’ downfall.
If they can repeat that feat they will confirm Young Stars’ fall from Premier League.
Saturday: Naughty Boys vs LCS, Joy vs Butha-Buthe Roses, Sekamaneng Young Stars vs Lioli, Majantja vs LMPS
Rovers vs LDF.
Sunday: Linare vs Swallows, LDF vs Matlama, Likhopo vs Lerotholi, Mphatlalatsane vs Rovers.