Lioli Football Club
Lioli begin their CAF Champions League mission on Sunday against Vital’O of Burundi.
Tse Nala head into the two-legged tie confident but wary of the threat their opponents pose. Lioli’s technical team has been keeping tabs on the Burundi side since the draw was made in December.
The Burundians have progressed past the preliminary stages of the tournament three times in their history and have reached the second round twice, in 1999 and 2000. They are making their first appearance in Africa’s premier club competition since 2011. Vital’O are currently top of the Burundi top-flight.
Nonetheless, Lioli coach Mosholi “Shoes” Mokhothu said confidence flowing through the Tse Nala camp.
“We are focused on ourselves and doing the things we do well. We want to take the game to Vital’O and put them under pressure from the first whistle. But, of course, we have to be wary not to leave ourselves open for an away goal,” Mokhothu said.
“It is important that we take advantage of the home leg before the away tie,” Mokhothu said.
The return leg is scheduled for the weekend of February 27th and 28th.
Lioli are making their second appearance in the continental competition and are looking to make history. No team from Lesotho has progressed past the preliminary stage of the CAF Champions League since LDF beat Mogoditshane Fighters of Botswana in 2001.
“It is a long time since a Lesotho club progressed in the Champions League so this is the challenge we are facing. But, when I look at the team, I see the players are ready for the challenge,” Mokhothu told liolifc.co.ls.
Tse Nala go into the game with a clean bill of health. There was slight concern over midfielder Motlalepula Mofolo but he is in contention to start Sunday’s clash. The match will kick off at 16:00 and gates at Setsoto Stadium will open at 10:00.
Lioli was held to a 0-0 draw by LDF this afternoon at the PTC Grounds. Lioli had the better of the play and the chances but was unable to break the deadlock.
The champions still remain top of the Vodacom Premier League though the gap is now two points ahead of Likhopo and Rovers.
After a tight first half, Lioli tried to change the game in the second period. Coach Mosholi brought on Nkoto Masoabi for Maba Junior and Tšoanelo Koetle for Tumelo Khutlang but LDF held on to claim a point. Tse Nala's next assignment in the league is an away trip to Likila United next week Sunday.
Lioli starting line-up vs. LDF
1. Mohau Kuenane (captain)
2. Mafa Moremoholo
3. Bokang Sello
4. Basia Makepe
5. Kopano Tseka
6. Motlalepula Mofolo
7. Lekhanya Lekhanya
8. Obakeng Modirwa
9. Maba Junior
10. Jerry Kamela
11. Tumelo Khutlang
32. Kananelo Makhooane
4. Tšoanelo Koetle
15. Salebone Lekhooa
9. Bafokeng Mosala
3. Thuso Shuping
12. Nkoto Masoabi
14. Bushy Moletsane
Lioli coach Mosholi Mokhothu says Lioli will be looking to maintain its momentum on Sunday against LDF. The champions have made a brilliant start to the season and have started where they left off last season. Lioli beat LMPS 1-0 win on Saturday with Jeremea Kamela’s goal sealing the hard fought win.
Tse Nala have won their opening three games are top of the Vodacom Premier League with nine points, two ahead of Matlama.
Three wins from three games also means opponents will be gunning for the champions even more, Mokhothu warned. But, he said Lioli would be looking to continue the momentum it is gaining.
“After the win on the weekend (over LMPS) the focus was for the team to recover. But we have already started preparations for Sunday’s game against LDF who are a very tough opponent,” Mokhothu said.
Lioli’s results so far this season
22 August - LIOLI 3-0 Sandawana
29 August - Linare 1-2 LIOLI
12 September - LMPS 0-1 LIOLI
Upcoming league fixtures
Sunday 20 September - LIOLI vs. LDF FC (15:00, Setsoto Stadium)
Sunday 27 September - Likila United vs. LIOLI (15:00, Butha-Buthe)
Sunday 11 October - LIOLI vs. Mphatlalatsane (15:00, Setsoto Stadium)
Sunday 18 October - Liphakoe vs. LIOLI (15:00, Quthing)
Fixtures according to Premier League management fixtures list
Lioli maintained its place atop the Vodacom Premier League thanks to an entertaining 2-1 win over Linare this afternoon. Lioli's win came courtesy of a Lekhanya Lekhanya brace. Tse Nala now haven't lost a league game since October, a streak of 20 matches.
The in-form Lekhanya gave Lioli the lead in the first half before Lebajoa Mosehlanyane levelled for the hosts just before halftime.
But Lekhanya sealed the points in the second half, his third goal in two matches, as Lioli came out on top in an exciting Great North derby clash. The league will now take a week's recess with Lesotho in action against Algeria in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier next weekend.
Whatever happens in tomorrow's action, Lioli will go into the break on top of the league.
Lioli line-up vs. Linare (jersey number in brackets)
1. Kananelo Makhooane 32
2. Khotso Ts'olo 22
3. Bokang Sello 24
4. Kopano Tseka 6
5. Shetsane Ramoseka 17 (captain)
6. Tsoanelo Koetle 4
7. Lekhanya Lekhanya 8
8. Motlalepula Mofolo 10
9. Nkoto Masoabi 12
10. Jerry Kamela 19
11. Thuso Shuping 3
Mohau Kuenane 13
Basia Makepe 5
Maba Jr. 11
Mafa Moremoholo 2
Bafokeng Mosala 9
Thejane Thejane 26
Rasetabele Kalosane 16
Liteboho Mokhehle 1
Thuso Shuping, Nkoto Masoabi, Khotso Tsolo out;
Thejane Thejane, Bafokeng Mosala, Mafa Moremoholo in.
Lioli coach Mosholi Mokhothu is confident as Tse Nala head to Maputsoe tomorrow to face Linare in one of Lesotho’s traditional derbies.
Lioli is looking to build on its opening day 3-0 success over Sandawana last Saturday. The win put Tse Nala on top of the Vodacom Premier League as the champions made an early statement they will not relinquish their crown without a fight.
Tomorrow the champions face a Linare team that lost 4-1 to Likhopo in their opening game of the season. The last time the two sides met in Leribe was in November and Lioli won 1-0.
Coach Mokhothu said although he was aware Linare was looking to bounce back, his charges are confident and have prepared well.
“We are ready for the game,” Coach Shoes said. “We trained well and everyone is confident ahead of the game.”
Lioli is likely to be without Montoeli Sonopo and Obakeng Modirwa who suffered muscle injuries last weekend. However, the team has an otherwise clean bill of health.
Tomorrow’s game will be played at the Lesotho Football Association’s new football ground in Maputsoe. Kick off is at 3pm.
This weekend’s league games:
Linare vs. LIOLI (3pm, Maputsoe), Rovers vs. Liphakoe, Mphatlalatsane vs. Likila United, Bantu vs. LDF
Kick4Life vs. Matlama, Sandawana vs. LCS FC, Likhopo vs. LMPS
We are happy to advise that the case between Lesotho Bank (in liquidation) and Lioli FC whereby Lioli FC ground was sold on public auction has been settled out of court with the assistance of the Ministries of Sports and Finance.
The management of Lioli FC conveys it's heartfelt appreciation to the Hon Chief Thesele 'Maseribane, our Minister of Sports and his staff for agreeing to raise the required money through their Ministry. Hon Dr L Ketso, our Minister of Finance for brokering the deal and advancing the required funds.
The onus is now on Lioli and the Ministry of Sports to agree terms of the funding.
In the coming days, the Lioli property will be re registered in our names and it will be business as usual.
We also appreciate the role played by Berea Members of Parliament and Principal Chiefs who stood with the club during the trying time. They made sure that the community they lead is not compromised at all.
Lastly we appreciated the supported and prayers from all Lioli supporters and the nation at large.
Ha li baje!!!
Lioli will look to get its title challenge back on track when Tse Nala visits Melele tomorrow. The champions have suffered several setbacks in recent weeks but are still in with a title shot as they travel to Qacha’s Nek to face the Vodacom Premier League’s bottom team.
Speaking to liolifc.co.ls, Lioli Communications and Marketing Manger Moeketsi Pitso said Tse Nala hasn’t given up on a second consecutive league crown.
“We are aware that we haven’t enjoyed the best run of form of late but we are still focused on the title race,” said Pitso.
Lioli, with 35 points from 17 games, is ten points behind Bantu though Tse Nala has two games in hand because of its participation in the CAF Champions League.
“We can’t say that the Champions League has distracted us,” said Pitso. “It hasn’t been easy but that’s the reason we assembled such a quality squad. We have been unlucky in some moments.”
Pitso said he hoped Lioli can put things right against Melele.
“We remain confident,” said Pitso. “We still have belief in ourselves and we will fight until the last day of the season. What we aim now is to get a good result against Melele to get back on track.”
Saturday: Melele v Lioli (15:00, Qacha’s Nek), LCS v Nyenye Rovers (15:00, Lesotho Correctional Services), Matlama v Bantu (15:00, Setsoto Stadium)
Sunday: Joy v Likhopo (Pitso Ground Leribe), LMPS v LDF (15:00, Police Training College), Linare v Qoaling Highlanders (15:00, Hlotse), Mphatlalatsane v Mpharane Celtics (15:00, St Monica’s)
Goal-scorer: Nkoto Masoabi
Lioli were held to a 1-1 draw by LDF this afternoon at the Lioli Stadium but remain top of the Vodacom Premier League after Bantu could only draw 1-1 with Nyenye Rovers.
The results mean Tse Nala remain at the summit with 29 points from 12 games while Bantu have 28 points from the same number of matches.
The Champions will feel hard done by, however, after conceding a controversial late equaliser to LDF.
The game at the Lioli Stadium had started slow with goalscoring opportunities few and far between. The first chance of the game fell to Lioli’s Montoeli Sonopo, but his shot from a tight angle was parried away by the keeper. LDF had an opening of their own a few minutes later but Mojela Letsie wasn’t decisive enough and allowed Lioli’s defence to recover and clear the danger.
Shortly before the break Tse Nala striker Tšepo Lekhoana half opening, but headed wide to leave the score goalless going into the halftime break.
The second half did not produce much change from the first half until the 66th minute when Tšepo Seturumane was introduced in the place of Jeremia Kamela on the left side of Lioli’s attack. The change by Lioli Coach Mosholi Mokhothu made an instant difference.
The lanky wing cum-striker made immediate impact using his speed, skill and energy to turn LDF’s defence and play crosses behind them. It did not take long before one of those provided goal with Seturumane’s delivery finding Tse Nala’s lethal finisher Nkoto Masoabi who made it 1-0 with his 12th goal of the season.
LDF launched a rare attack later and the referee awarded in a dangerous area after a foul by Lioli defender Ngoako Ngoako. It was from this that LDF scored their equaliser despite what seemed an obvious obstruction on Lioli keeper Liteboho Mokhehle. Despite protestations from the home side the goal was allowed to stand.
Lioli pushed furiously for a winner in the dying stage with Bafokeng Mosala brought on to add more firepower but the Champions were unable to find the winning goal.
Lioli remain on top, however, and will look to end the first round in first place when the Champions travel to Leribe to face Nyenye Rovers next Sunday.
Lioli line-up against LDF:
1. Liteboho Mokhehle
2. Monne Pitso
3. Mapheelle Ngoako
4. Shetsane Ramoseeka ©
5. Basia Makepe
6. Tšoanelo Koetle
7. Montoeli Sonopo
8. Motlalepula Mofolo
9. Tšepo Lekhoana
10. Nkoto Masoabi
11. Jerry Kamela
Tse Nala welcome LDF to the Lioli Stadium...
Date and Time
Saturday, 23 November 2013, 15:00 kick-off.
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Lioli hosts LDF looking to bounce back from last weekend’s last gasp loss to Bantu. The defeat was Lioli’s first of the season and has seen Tse Nala’s lead at the top of the Vodacom Premier League cut to one point.
However, Lioli will be returning to its Lioli Stadium home fortress after playing the last two games away from home.
Lioli welcomes a struggling LDF side to its where fortress where the Champions have not lost in over a year. The army side are winless in their four matches and haven’t won a League match since a 2-0 win over LMPS on October 20.
Lioli’s last five games
Lioli 4-1 Melele (19 October)
Matlama 1-2 Lioli (26 October)
Lioli 2-1 LMPS (3 November)
LCS 0-1 Lioli (10 November)
Bantu 2-1 Lioli (17 November)
LDF’s last five games
LDF 2-0 LMPS (20 October)
LCS 0-0 LDF (27 October)
Nyenye Rovers 3-1 LDF (3 November)
LDF 0-2 Bantu (10 November)
LDF 1-1 Mpharane Celtic (16 November)
Lioli Head Coach, Mosholi “Shoes” Mokhothu, has no new injuries worries and will have last season’s top goal-scorer Tšepo Seturumane back from an ankle injury that has kept him out of Tse Nala’s last three games. With that injury boost Mokhothu has a full squad to choose from the Champions look to get back to winning ways.
The last time Lioli and LDF met was February 23. The match was also played at the Lioli Stadium and ended in a 1-1 draw. In the other meeting between the teams last season Lioli ran out 1-0 winners.
Saturday: Lioli v LDF, Nyenye Rovers v Bantu; Linare v Mphatlalatsane; Likhopo v Matlama
Sunday: Joy v Melele; Mpharane Celtic v LCS; Qoaling Highlanders v LMPS
Lioli striker Tšepo Seturumane has returned to training after three weeks out with an ankle injury and is line for a first-team return when Tse Nala host LDF on Saturday.
Seturumane has been absent from the Lioli squad since falling awkwardly on his ankle during a training session late last month.
Seturumane was last season’s League top goal-scorer with 16 goals helping Tse Nala to the Vodacom Premier League title. Seturumane has already scored one goal this and returns to boost Lioli’s attack.
“He has been training with the squad this week and he could be available for the game against LDF on Saturday,” Lioli technical team member Victor Tjabaka told liolifc.co.ls. “He has been missed; any team would miss a player of his quality. We are happy to have him back.”