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Friday, 28 March 2014 19:00

Lioli will fight until the end

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.”

 

Weekend fixtures:

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)

Saturday, 23 November 2013 21:01

Tse Nala held by LDF, but stay top

Lioli….…..(0) 1

LDF……..(0) 1

 

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

Substitutes

Themba Mzamane
Tšepo Seturumane
Bafokeng Mosala
Bushy Moletsane
Thuso Mankoane
Kopano Tseka
Rasetabele Kalosane
Khotso Tšolo
Mohau Kuenane

Friday, 22 November 2013 08:51

Vodacom Premier League preview: LDF

Tse Nala welcome LDF to the Lioli Stadium...

 

Date and Time

Saturday, 23 November 2013, 15:00 kick-off.

Follow Lioli Football Club on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lioli-Football-Club/222090761198376) for live score updates.

 

Form Guide

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)

 

Team News

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.

 

Last Meeting

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.

 

Weekend fixtures:

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

Thursday, 21 November 2013 20:34

Tšepo Seturumane returns to training

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.”

Sunday, 17 November 2013 20:18

Lioli undone in final minutes

Bantu……(0) 2

Lioli……..(0) 1

 

Goal-scorer: Lekhanya Lekhanya

 

Lioli were undone by two late as the Champions fell 2-1 to Bantu this afternoon at the Setsoto Stadium. The loss is Tse Nala’s first of the season and sees Lioli’s lead at the top of the Vodacom Premier League cut to one point.

Lioli took the lead early in the second half through Lekhanya Lekhanya and were the better side for large periods of the game, but Bantu fought back to steal the win in the final minutes.

Speaking to liolifc.co.ls after the game, Lioli Head Coach Mosholi Mokhothu said he was proud of his team’s efforts today.

“I am very proud of my team, we played very well and we deserved to get something out of this game,” said Mokhothu

Mokhothu made one change from the starting line-up that beat LCS last week with Jeremia Kamela coming in for Teboho Lekhooa. Both teams started brightly in beautiful conditions at the Setsoto Stadium. However, clear-cut goal-scoring chances were few and the two sides went into the break on level terms.

Lioli got just rewards for its toils after an hour when Lekhanya got his first goal for the Club since joining Tse Nala in the off-season. However, two late goals by Bantu swung the game on its head.

“At the end of the day we are still on top of the League,” said Mokhothu. “We have to look forward to our next match and look to bounce back in that one.”

 

Lioli line-up vs. Bantu:

1. Mohau Kuenane
2. Mafa Moremoholo
3. Ngoako Mapheelle
4. Shetsane Ramoseeka ©
5. Basia Makepe
6. Tšoanelo Koetle
7. Lekhanya Lekhanya
8. Motlalepula Mofolo
9. Tšepo Lekhoana
10. Nkoto Masoabi
11. Jeremia Kamela

 

Weekend results:

Saturday: LDF 1-1 Mpharane Celtic; Matlama v Joy (Postponed); LCS v Qoaling Highlanders (Postponed)

Sunday: Bantu 2-1 Lioli; Mphatlalatsane 0-0 Nyenye Rovers; Melele 0-2 Linare; LMPS 1-0 Likhopo

 

Vodacom Premier League table

 

 

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

Pts

1

Lioli

11

9

1

1

27

8

19

28

2

Bantu

11

8

3

0

20

2

18

27

3

Linare

11

6

3

2

16

9

7

21

4

Matlama

10

6

2

2

12

7

5

20

5

LDF

11

5

4

2

11

7

4

19

6

Likhopo

11

5

3

3

14

9

5

18

7

Mphatlalatsane

11

3

3

5

13

14

-1

12

8

Qoaling Highlanders

10

3

3

4

8

10

-2

12

9

Nyenye Rovers

10

2

5

3

9

9

0

11

10

LMPS

11

3

2

6

9

13

-4

11

11

LCS

9

2

3

4

6

6

0

9

12

Mpharane Celtic

11

2

3

6

14

27

-13

9

13

Melele

11

1

2

9

7

21

-14

5

14

Joy

10

0

1

9

3

27

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Monday, 11 November 2013 07:59

“New signings have boosted Lioli”

Lioli Communications and Marketing Manager, Moeketsi Pitso, says Tse Nala’s new signings have boosted the squad and are a sign of the Club’s intent.

Speaking to liolifc.co.ls after Lioli’s 1-0 victory over LCS yesterday afternoon, Pitso said the new additions were part of the Club’s drive to improve on and off the field.

“We invested in the squad because we didn’t want to rest on our laurels after last season,” Pitso said. “We are also always looking to move forward as a Club.”

“The new signings have brought quality and a lot of excitement around the Club and the country as a whole,” said Pitso. “You can see it in the performances of the team. There is good competition for places and the new signings have kept everybody on their toes.”

Lioli has made its best start to a Premier League season collecting 28 points from a possible 30 to sit four points clear at the top of the Vodacom Premier League.

“We are proud of the job Ntate Shoes (Coach Mosholi Mokhothu) is doing, and with our fans everything is possible,” said Pitso.

Sunday, 10 November 2013 23:00

Lioli brushes aside LCS challenge

LCS     (0) 0

Lioli     (1) 1

Goal-scorer: Tšoanelo Koetle

 

Lioli remains four points clear at the top of the Vodacom Premier League after an impressive 1-0 win over LCS at the LCS grounds in Maseru this afternoon. The win is Tse Nala’s fifth in a row and was sealed by Tšoanelo Koetle’s superb first half free-kick

Tse Nala have now won all five away games this season, the best record in the League.

With title rivals LDF and Bantu facing off at Ratjomose, Lioli approached LCS’s challenge with vigour and could have taken the lead in the first 20 minutes. However, the Champions could not convert from numerous goal-scoring chances.

LCS were struggling to get into the game and to try to stop Lioli the hosts resorted to rough tackling and game-stopping fouls.

However, Lioli continued dominate the game and pile on the pressure.

The Champions’ pressure finally paid off in the 32nd minute when yet another foul by LCS led to a free-kick which was beautifully converted by dead-ball specialist Koetle.

Lioli continued to impress in the first half and defensively the Champions closed down any moves from the hosts.

At halftime Liteboho Mokhehle replaced Mohau Kuenane but the flow of the game didn’t change. The second half was similar to the first, the only difference was this time Lioli could not take their chances from the fouls committed by LCS.

Lioli Coach, Mosholi Mokhothu, made his second change on the hour when Teboho Lekhooa made way for Jeremia Kamela. With 15 minutes left, Montoeli Sonopo then came on in the place of Lekhanya Lekhanya as Lioli looked to consolidate its lead.

LCS were presented with a rare goal-scoring opportunity in injury time, however Lioli keeper Mokhehle came off his line to force LCS’s attacker to lob the ball over the posts.

The win over LCS means Lioli has collected 28 points from a possible 30 to start the season. Tse Nala are four points clear of Bantu. Matlama are in third place with 20 points.

 

Lioli line-up vs. LCS:

1. Mohau Kuenane

2. Mafa Moremoholo

3. Ngoako Ngoako

4. Basia Makepe

5. Shetsane Ramoseeka

6. Tšoanelo Koetle

7. Lekhanya Lekhanya

8. Motlalepula Mofolo

9. Tšepo Lekhoana

10. Teboho Lekhooa

11. Nkoto Masoabi

 

Substitutes

Montoeli Sonopo

Bafokeng Mosala

Kopano Tseka

Jeremia Kamela

Bokang Sello

Tokelo Majoro

Monne Pitso

Liteboho Mokhehle

 

Substitutions:

45th minute – Liteboho Mokhehle on for Mohau Kuenane

60th minute – Jeremia Kamela on for Teboho Lekhooa

75th minute – Montoeli Sonopo on for Lekhanya Lekhanya

 

Weekend result

Saturday: Melele 0-3 Likhopo; Matlama 1-0 Qoaling Highlanders; LMPS 4-1 Mpharane Celtic

Sunday: LCS 0-1 Lioli; Mphatlalatsane 4-0 Joy; Linare 1-1 Nyenye Rovers; LDF 0-2 Bantu

Saturday, 09 November 2013 13:42

Vodacom Premier League preview: LCS

Tse Nala travel to Maseru tomorrow to face LCS...

 

Date and Time

Sunday, 10 November 2013, 15:00 kick-off.

Follow Lioli Football Club on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lioli-Football-Club/222090761198376) for live score updates.

 

Form Guide

Lioli travels to Maseru face LCS looking to extend its lead at the top of the Vodacom Premier League. The Champions currently sit at the top of the League with 25 points from nine games, four points ahead of second-placed Bantu.

Lioli come into the game on a four-match winning streak.

The Champions have the best away record in the league having won all four games away from the Lioli Stadium, scoring nine goals and only conceding twice.

Their host tomorrow, LCS, have struggled so far this season. LCS are in eighth place with nine points. At home LCS have only won once in four matches and, overall, LCS are without a win in the League since a 4-1 victory over Melele in September.

 

Lioli’s last five games

Lioli 1-1 Linare (28 September)

Mphatlalatsane 0-1 Lioli (13 October)

Lioli 4-1 Melele (19 October)

Matlama 1-2 Lioli (26 October)

Lioli 2-1 LMPS (3 November)

 

LCS’s last five games

Melele 1-4 LCS (21 September)

LCS 0-1 Matlama (29 September)

LMPS 0-0 LCS (12 October)

LCS 0-0 LDF (27 October)

Bantu 1-1 LCS (2 November)

 

Team News

Lioli Head Coach, Mosholi “Shoes” Mokhothu, is likely to select from the same squad that ran out 2-1 winners over LMPS last weekend at the Lioli Stadium The squad trained well during the week and there are no serious injury concerns ahead of this weekend’s game.

 

Last Meeting

The last time the two sides met was also at LCS’s Correctional Services grounds, in February. On that day Lioli ran out 1-0 winners thanks to a goal from Tšepo Seturumane.

 

Weekend fixtures

Saturday: Melele v Likhopo; Matlama v Qoaling Highlanders; LMPS v Mpharane Celtic

Sunday: LCS v Lioli; Mphatlalatsane v Joy; Linare v Nyenye Rovers; LDF v Bantu

Friday, 08 November 2013 00:00

“We can improve from last season”

Lioli midfielder Bushy Moletsane believes the Champions can improve on their showing from last season. The three-time League winner (twice with Lioli and once with Matlama) said there was potential for even more improvement in the squad, even if Lioli won the title last season.

Lioli made several new signings in the off-season that have strengthened the squad and Moletsane says the new players have improved the quality in the team and also added competition for places.

“I believe we can improve from last season. Last season Lioli won the league and we had a great season. (But) there is better competition in the squad this season and everybody is working hard to get a chance to play,” said the Lesotho international.

Lioli faces LCS on Sunday at the LCS grounds and Tse Nala have a chance to increase its lead at the top of the Vodacom Premier League with a win.

Monday, 28 October 2013 00:00

Lioli wins Derby of Lesotho

Matlama 1-2 Lioli

 

Goal-scorers: Nkoto Masoabi, Jeremia Kamela

 

Lioli won Derby of Lesotho against Matlama thanks to second half goals from Nkoto Masoabi and Jeremia Kamela. The Champions made a fantastic second half comeback after going behind in the first half to win the match against Matlama 2-1.

“I am very proud of the team and the determination and the spirit they showed to come back from one goal down against a good team,” Lioli Head Coach, Mosholi Mokhothu told liolifc.co.ls. "Matlama are a good team and they had a good game-plan, so I can only praise the players for the good effort that they showed,” he added.

The result sees Lioli remain to of the Vodacom Premier League with 22 points from eight games. Tse Nala are two points ahead of Bantu in second and four ahead of third-placed LDF.

With the 2-1 win over Matlama, Lioli extended its lead over its rivals to six points.

 

Weekend results:

Saturday: Matlama 1-2 Lioli, Nyenye Rovers 0-0 Joy, Linare 1-1 Likhopo

Sunday: LCS 0-0 LDF, LMPS 0-1 Bantu, Melele 3-0 Mpharane Celtic, Mphatlalatsane 2-2 Qoaling Highlanders

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