Maseru - Vodacom Premier League (VPL) defending champions Lioli ‘Tse Nala’ FC on Sunday had no choice but to share the spoils after playing a goalless draw with the stubborn Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) during their VPL match at Setsoto stadium.
The two sides were determined to get the upright win from the encounter as Lioli wanted to clear their way towards defending their championship successfully while ‘Masheshena’ wanted to keep their mandate to be in the top 4 at the end of this season.
In the first half of the game both teams were pushing the game towards each other and they both created enough chances but unfortunately failed to make them count. In the first minutes of the second half LCS made a enough shot at target that could have changed the story other way round but Lioli pressurized them to not convert the chances.
In the middle of the second half Lioli settled and the game turned to a two sides match until the last whistle of Matheola Makhobalo, the match referee.
The VPL race now seemed to be between Lioli and their rivals Bantu ‘A Matšo Matebele’ and Lioli went to this encounter neck to neck with Bantu with 50 points in the log standing, therefore this was one of the most important games for ‘Tse Nala’ to get an edge over the well performing Bantu.
The Lioli head coach, Halemakale Mahlaha gave credit to the LCS fighting spirit and said they were tough and good. Mahlaha said their target is to make sure they win all the games left but he said is not going to be that easy as the teams they are to face are tough. He also mentioned that they are going to psychologically prepare the players to enhance their focus.
Mahlaha also added that the draw may also be the results of playing many games in short time as were from a game on Friday. He also pointed out that even though they are in race with Bantu, they are interested in how Bantu is playing. Their main focus now is to win all the rest of the games and protect their championship title.
On the other hand, the LCS assistant coach Chalane Lehohla said the draw was not the good results for them as they wanted to crush Lioli for three points which he said they were in need of them to save their position in the premier league. Lehohla said in their past games they had a lot draws and he said they are not doing well for them.
But he said the boys did play according to the coaches’ plans of the week even though it didn’t buy them victory.
“The boys did make it to their best to win the match. We had many chances but we failed to convert them to goals,” said Lehohla.