Women football champions

NTHAKO MAJORO

MASERU – Women football champions, LDF will miss the services of their formidable attacking-midfielder Ntšabeng Pelea when they face Kick4Life in an interesting final match of the Super League Tournament at Setsoto Stadium tomorrow. Pelea, who is the last season’s Women Super League player of the year, has since joined South African’s Mpumalanga side Super Strikers who campaign in the Sasol League.

LDF head coach Lehloenya Nkhasi said Pelea, who left the team two months ago was their top attacking midfielder.He said her absence would be greatly noticeable during the Saturday final against the high-riding Kick4Life. “She was our key player and we are going to miss her services a lot, especially against Kick4Life,” said Nkhasi in an interview with Public Eye on Wednesday.

“She was very vital to our game plan. She scored a total of round 14 goals for us from the midfield in the last season. That tells how really important she was to the team.”For their part, Kick4Life will enjoy and utilise the services of the America-based star player Senate Letsie, who is at home for holidays.

Letsie, who is also the attacking midfielder in the women senior national team, Mehalalitoe, plays for the Lewis and Clark Community College’s ladies club in Godfrey, Illinois in the United States of America where she is studying. Kick4Life coach Puseletso Mokhosi confirmed the availability of Letsie. Mokhosi however said she couldn’t say for sure whether or not Letsie’s presence would boost her team’s spirit because they already have a strong team even in her absence.

“We only missed her services in the league and I cannot say whether her availability is going to be a boost or not to us at the Saturday’s final,” she said. She added: “She is only available now because she is on school vacation and since this is not the league but the tournament she was allowed to play.”

Letsie had already played three matches in the Women Super League Tournament. She is expected to return to the USA when schools reopen next month. To qualify for the final, Kick4Life beat Sky Battalion 4-1 in the semi-finals, after hammering FC Stoko 4-1, Berea Ladies 4-0 and Basetsana 2-0 in the group stage.

LDF on the other hand beat FC Stoko 4-0 in the semi-finals, after trouncing Rovers 4-0, Sky Battalion 3-0 and Mafeteng Sisters 10-0. “We know it is not going to be easy to win the Saturday’s match but we are well prepared for the encounter,” said the Kick4Life coach Mokhosi. LDF beat Kick4Life 4-1 in the Women Super League Top 4 final two months ago, after scooping the Women Super League title.

LDF coach Nkhasi said he was encouraged by the fact that his charges won all their previous matches convincingly and without conceding even a single goal in all of them. “What is so far positive about my team is that it hasn’t conceded even a single in all the matches it played in the tournament,” said Nkhasi.

However, he said against Kick4Life they face tough contenders. “It is going to be a tough game. Kick4Life have a highly qualified coach (in Mokhosi) who also coached the senior national team.” Notwithstanding his high opinions of both Mokhosi and Kick4Life, Nkhasi himself is an experienced who has what it takes to lead LDF to a victory tomorrow.

He already led the side to winning three Women Super League titles and the Top 4 title. LDF have not lost against Kick4Life in the last season. They drew 1-1 in the first round and beat them 4-3 in the second round. “The LDF-Kick4Life match is so far the biggest Women Super League derby.

It is the match that your charges want to win at any cost because beating Kick4Life is a great motivation to them,” said Nkhasi. He said one other thing that would always make the two teams’ tie special is the fact that players from both sides are familiar to one another and play in the national squad together.

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