By Khosi Pheko
Defending champions of the Women Football Super League (WFSL) Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) ladies are already wracking havoc in their bid to retain the league title.
Soohle-soohle as the team is affectionately known have played two matches and began the campaign against Rovers Ladies where they thumped them 6:0 last Sunday and followed that performance with a much better performance as they produced a 16 goal feast where they embarrassed Mawes Ladies 6:0 this past Sunday at Lesotho Agricultural College.
With the tow resounding victories, it seems the defending champions are set to continue where they left off last season where they won all 18 matches in league made of 10 teams. They are now on the hunt to clinch their sixth consecutive title with their first one in the 2017/2018 season. Soohle –Soohle has been thus far the superior side in the women’s local championship and their dominance has been enhanced by their participation in international competitions such as the CAF Council of Southern African Football Association (COSAFA) cup and the Women’s CAF Champions league.
Shortly after demolishing Mawes Ladies, head coach Lengana Nkhethoa told the Informative Newspaper that his personal international experience gives him an edge over his competitors. He said although, they scored a lot of goals, they still need to improve in some areas.
“Like I always say, every time I prepare, I prepare as if I am competing on an international stages. The experience I got internationally taught me all the things I had to work on so that when I help my players with international exposure, which I believe they greatly need I would have worked on those very aspects which we have to improve. Yes we scored a lot of goals but there are areas that we are working on, yes we enjoy it when we score a lot of goals but the most important thing is that with the little experience we have internationally we have learned a lot, “he said.
He added that this season will be difficult and competitive as most players have aspirations of competing internationally. But he added that they have an advantage as more of their squad members are also national team players.
“I have watched a number of matches and I can strongly say it will not be easy. I believe there is no team that does not want to play internationally and every player aspires that so that they can improve as players. Despite that, we have a little experience that we got internationally and we also have some players who are part of the national team and that helps us to dominate. Our women are gifted and talented but as a country, we need to help them get international exposure, they need to play more internationally so that their level can improve, “Nkhethoa said.