Lesotho Premier League

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Lesotho Premier League
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Country Lesotho
Confederation CAF
Founded 1970
Number of teams 14
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Lesotho A Division
Domestic cup(s) Lesotho Independence Cup (Top 4)
Vodacom Soccer Spectacular
MGC Supa 8
International cup(s) Champions League
Current champions Bantu FC
(2016–17)
Most championships Matlama FC (10)
2016–17 Lesotho Premier League

The Lesotho Premier League also known as Vodacom Premier League is the top football division in Lesotho and was created in 1970. Vodacom Lesotho are the current league sponsor. Vodacom Lesotho are also the sponsor of the annual Vodacom Soccer Spectacular knockout competition, Lesotho's national cup tournament.

Format[edit]

The Lesotho Premier League is currently contested by 14 clubs. The league uses a round robin format meaning one team plays the other twice. A total of 26 games are played per team in one season. The team with the most points wins the league title.

The Lesotho Premier League is still played on an amateur status.

Sponsorship[edit]

Since 2002, Lesotho's Premier League has been sponsored by Telecommunications companies. Econet Telecom Lesotho through its Prepaid product Buddie, sponsored the Premier League and Lesotho's lower leagues (the A-Division, B-Division and C-Division) from 2002 until 2009. In 2009 Lesotho's football governing the Lesotho Football Association (LEFA) ended its seven-year association with Econet Telecom Lesotho and signed a three-year partnership with Vodacom Lesotho. As part of the deal Vodacom Lesotho agreed to sponsor the Premier League and all lower leagues for a combined M1 million per season for three years.

The sponsor has been able to determine the league's sponsorship name. The list below details who the sponsors have been and what they have called the Lesotho Premier League:

Premier League domestic cups[edit]

2016–17 season[edit]

Previous Winners, Runners-up and Relegations[edit]

Season Winner Runner-up Relegated
2004–05 Likhopo FC Lesotho Correctional Services Bantu United (Mafeteng), Qalo FC (Butha-Buthe)
2005–06 Likhopo FC Lesotho Defence Force Lifefo (Maseru), School Boys (Maseru)
2006–07 Lesotho Correctional Services Matlama FC Mafeteng LMPS (Mafeteng), Butha-Buthe Warriors (Butha-Buthe)
2007–08 Lesotho Correctional Services Lesotho Defence Force Arsenal (Maseru), Qalo FC (Butha-Buthe)
2008–09 Lioli Lesotho Defence Force Maseru Naughty Boys FC, Sekamaneng Young Stars FC (Berea)
2009–10 Matlama FC Lioli Majantja (Mohale's Hoek), Nyenye Rovers (Leribe),
Rovers (Maseru), Botha Bothe Roses (Butha-Buthe)
2010–11 Lesotho Correctional Services Lesotho Defence Force Mphatlalatsane FC (Leribe), Lerotholi Polytechnic (Maseru),
Swallows FC (Mazenod, Maseru), Mabeoana FC (Matsieng)
2011–12 Lesotho Correctional Services Lesotho Defence Force Maduma FC (Butha-Buthe), Majantja (Quthing)
2012–13 Lioli Bantu FC
2013–14 Bantu FC Lioli Melele FC (Qacha's Nek), Joy FC (Leribe)
2014–15 Lioli Bantu FC Nyenye Rovers (Leribe), Qoaling Highlanders (Maseru)
2015–16 Lioli Matlama FC Likila United (Butha-Buthe), Mphatlalatsane FC (Leribe)

Previous winners[edit]

Performance By Club[edit]

Club City Titles Last Title
Matlama FC Maseru 10 2010
Lesotho Defence Force (includes Royal Lesotho Defence Force) Maseru 8 2004
Lesotho Correctional Services (includes Lesotho Prisons Service) Maseru 6 2012
Lioli Teyateyaneng 5 2016
Arsenal Maseru 3 1993
Linare FC Leribe 3 1980
Maseru Brothers (includes Maseru United) Maseru 3 1981
Bantu FC Mafeteng 2 2017
Lesotho Paramilitary Forces Maseru 2 1984
Likhopo FC Maseru 2 2006
Majantja FC Mohale's Hoek 2 1995
Maseru FC Maseru 1 1975
Police Maseru 1 1972
Roma Rovers FC Roma 1 1996

Topscorers[edit]

Year Best scorers Team Goals
2000–01 Lesotho Lire Phiri Lesotho Defence Force 30
2005–06 Lesotho Masupha Majara Lesotho Defence Force 9
2014–15 Lesotho Litsepe Marabe Bantu FC 22

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