Bantu blames LDF ‘intimidation’ for draw

Bantu blames LDF ‘intimidation’ for draw

Luciah Phahla

Maseru – Bantu communication and marketing manager Motlatsi Mofokeng has blamed Sunday’s disappointing Vodacom Premier League draw with Sundawana on intimidation suffered at the hands of Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) players last week.
The tie against Sundawana was certainly a frustrating one for Bantu’s fans.
Despite creating numerous chances at a buzzing Leshoboro Stadium, ‘A Matšo Matebele’ fired blanks resulting in a second frustrating stalemate just days after another wasteful goalless draw with Sky Battalion last Thursday.

Thanks to the pair of slip-ups, James Madidilane’s charges missed the chance to go joint top of the league. Instead they are third, now four points behind leaders Kick4Life.
Mofokeng blamed the let-down on last Sunday’s chaotic game against LDF at Ratjomose which was called off following an assault by five LDF players on two Bantu players.
Bantu were later awarded a 3-0 win by the Premier League while LDF were docked three points, ordered to pay a M10 000 fine and its five culprits — Mofolo Lepheane, ‘Matli ‘Matli, Dumane Lethakha, Tšepiso Letuma and Mohloai Koete —  were suspended for three games.
“I think the players are still affected by what happened during our game with LDF which is why they missed a lot of goals and we are in the process of getting them professional help and a psychologist to talk to them,” Mofokeng told thepost on Tuesday.
Mofokeng added that Bantu’s performance was “not bad” despite the costly dropped points in their past two outings and instead pointed to an emerging trend of opponents looking to defend and park the bus against ‘A Matšo Matebele’.

He insisted Bantu remained upbeat despite seeing their title rivals claim wins over the weekend as Lioli hammered Likhopo 4-1 thanks to a brace from Tšoanelo Koetle and goals from Bushy Moletsane and Tumelo Khutlang while Kick4Life edged LDF 1-0 to cement their position at the top.
As things stand, Kick4Life have 25 points, Lioli have collected 23 while Bantu have 21 points though the Mafeteng side has a game in hand.
“Our performance against Sundawana was not bad,” Mofokeng emphasised.
“We are not worried,” he added.

“We are not under pressure; however, the supporters might be worried because they expect a win in every game. But for us (the technical staff) we are not worried, we are still on the right track.”
Seeking to return to winning ways quickly, Bantu have announced they will play Sunday’s crucial premiership game against Lesotho Correctional Service in Maseru and not at the Leshoboro Stadium.
The Mafeteng club pointed to a bumpy Leshoboro pitch which they said is making it difficult for their players to control the ball as the reason for the venue change.
A new venue for Sunday’s game is yet to be confirmed.

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