Kick4Life, LDF aiming for another WSL Top 4 title




MASERU – Kick4Life and LDF Ladies are both looking to win this year’s Women Super League (WSL) Top 4 trophy as the fight for the coveted cup commences this Saturday.   The competition is being held at Bambatha Tšita Sports Arena until Sunday. LDF Ladies, who won it twice last year and at its inception prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, and Kick4Life Ladies, who won it once in 2021, are the two previous winners looking to win it again.

LDF Ladies, who are the double champions after also winning the WSL title last season, take on Lijabatho Ladies while Kick4Life Ladies will lock horns with LMPS Ladies, both in the semi-finals tomorrow. Kick4Life team manager and former player, Thato Sentje, said they were looking to equal LDF Ladies winning records for the WSL Top 4 trophies.

“We are well prepared for the tournament, and we want nothing but to get our hands on the cup” said Sentje in an interview with Public Eye on Tuesday. “Fortunately for us, all of our players will be available for selection since none of them is nursing any injuries ahead of the competition.”

Sentje said they were ready for LMPS and either LDF or Lijabatho in the semi-finals and final respectively.  “We are ready for LMPS. They do not pose any threat to us. We are also ready for either LDF or Lijabatho in the final, and the spirit among my players is very high,” she said.

LDF Ladies coach Lengana Nkhethoa also expressed their great determination to defend their title. He, however, said Lijabatho Ladies, who have just bought the status of the Maputsoe-based side – Stoko FC, are a closed book to them.  

“We have never played against Lijabatho ever since they bought the status of Stoko FC, and as a result, they are a closed book to us,” said Nkhethoa in an interview on Tuesday. “Of course, it is going to be difficult to plan against such a team, especially after we have also heard that they have signed new players.”

Nkhethoa further said: “So, like I said, we are facing a team that we have never played against before, but we are preparing ourselves for their game, and we are determined to win.”

But he said LDF are not going to use four of their key players. “We have four key players who are nursing injuries, and they will not be available for selection.” Nkhethoa said those four players have already missed the opening two league fixtures in the previous week, also because of injuries.

“But we have managed to replace them with the available players who have so far fitted well into the system,” he noted.  Both Kick4Life and LDF Ladies won their two opening matches of the WSL. Kick4Life beat Lijabatho 2-1 and Berea Ladies 2-0, while LDF Ladies hammered Rovers Ladies and WSL rookies, Mawese Ladies 6-0 and 16-0 respectively. LDF Ladies opponents, Lijabatho Ladies go to the tournament at the back of two defeats.

The Morija based-side lost 2-1 to both Kick4Life and Bantu Ladies each. But unlike Lijabatho, Kick4Life Ladies opponents LMPS Ladies are yet to lose. The police ladies drew 2-2 against Berea Ladies before hammering Mphaki High School Ladies 4-0.

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