Bantu drop points

Bantu drop points

MASERU-Bantu dropped points for the first time this season in the Econet Premier League in a 1-1 draw with champions Matlama on Sunday at Setsoto Stadium.
The much anticipated clash between both sides produced a lacklustre 90 minutes and Bantu remained the only unbeaten side in the league.
‘A Matšo Matebele’ have a five-point gap on second-placed Matlama with both teams having played seven games.
Bantu head coach Bob Mafoso said the Mafeteng side are satisfied with grabbing a point away from home even though they did not perform at their best.
Bantu took the lead within ten minutes in the first half through Litšepe Marabe following a mistake by Teboho Lillane who lost the ball in the midfield to Tšoanelo Koetle who sent Marabe on his way with a long pass.

Marabe’s goal, however, was cancelled out by a Jane Thaba-Ntšo penalty in the second half as the winners of the past two league titles shared the spoils.
Mafoso admitted some of his players did not perform at their usual level and said it is difficult to win a game when several players are under par.
“(In the) first half I think we dominated transitional moments only because we scared them,” Mafoso said.

“In the first half we were fighting for the ball. (Matlama) were having a lot of the ball more than us but we were more dangerous in front of goals. Second half it changed, it was them playing on transition we couldn’t deal with their striker that was helping them to get back into the game but these are things we expected,” the Bantu mentor added.
Sunday’s draw bookended a busy run of matches in which Bantu played four league games in two weeks. Bantu claimed wins over Lifofane, Linare and Likhopo before meeting Matlama.
“These are lot of games and out of possible 12 (points) we took 10 points, it’s not too bad,” Mafoso said. “We are satisfied, we were away (from home) and got one point, we didn’t lose maximum points even though we didn’t play well.

Mafoso continued: “I think most of my players gave five out of 10, about four or five of them. When you have four or five players giving you five out of 10 the chances of winning a game are low so we are satisfied with a point. It doesn’t mean we are happy but that’s what we got.”
Meanwhile, Bantu have condemned the behaviour of one of their marshals who physically threatened a ball-boy for time wasting during the match.

The club released a statement saying they have no intention of scaring children away from football matches and ‘A Matšo Matebele’ apologised to the kid’s family.
“In our Sunday game against Matlama, one of our marshals blew a fuse at a ball boy. The club wishes to condemn this heinous behaviour,” Bantu said.
“We humbly apologise to the family members of the kid, (Lesotho Football Association), (Premier League Management Committee), Matlama, our fans and entire football fraternity. It’s not the club’s intention to scare away kids from football games. Our wish is to see more kids following and enjoying this beautiful game,” Bantu’s statement said.

Tlalane Phahla

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