Baptism of fire for Flores

Baptism of fire for Flores

Maseru – Sundawana’s newly-appointed Spanish coach Antonio Flores was at a loss of words after high-flying Kick4Life brushed his team aside in the Lesotho National Insurance Group (LNIG) Top 8 quarter-finals at the Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) Grounds last Saturday.

The action packed second leg tie ended 2-0 in favour of Kick4Life meaning the Old Europa side progressed 7-3 on aggregate, the highest winning margin in the four last eight ties.
However, Sundawana created several chances in what was Flores’ debut in charge and forced Kick4Life shot-stopper Sele Thetsane into numerous commendable saves in the first half.
Speaking after the game, a disappointed Flores lamented his side’s inefficiency in front of goals.

“We have lost the play (but) everybody has seen how we played. We got many chances and we didn’t score, they got three chances and they scored. This is football. We lost the match,” the Spaniard said.

It was always going to be difficult for Sundawana to advance past Kick4Life after losing the first leg 5-3 a month ago but a visibly jubilant Leslie Notši was full of praises for ‘Tse Bo Yellow’ saying they gave his side a run for their money.

“I want to give credit to Sundawana,” the Kick4Life mentor said.  “They came here to play. They pushed us and gave us a very tough encounter. We managed to absorb the pressure and came back to score our goals.”

Notši continued that he is pleased with Kick4Life’s progress to the LNIG Top 8 semi-finals because it gives his team an opportunity to gauge their progress.
“It is good for us to do well,” he said.  “To me, if we qualify it gives us more chances to play more games as a team that is still trying to build a team that is more competitive. We need to play as many games as we can and strong games that will give us an opportunity to weigh ourselves and see where to improve,” Notši said.

In other LNIG Top 8 quarterfinal second legs played last weekend, LCS edged Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) 1-0 to book a date with Kick4Life in the last four.
In Mafeteng, Bantu and Matlama played a thrilling 1-1 draw but ‘A Matšo Matebele’ advanced 3-2 on aggregate.
Bantu will next meet defending cup champions Lioli who easily disposed of Likhopo 4-1 over two legs.

LNIG Top 8 quarterfinal second leg results:

Saturday

LCS 1-0 LDF (LCS won 1-0 on aggregate)
Kick4Life 2-0 Sundawana (Kick4Life won 7-3 on aggregate)

Sunday
Bantu 1-1 Matlama (Bantu won 3-2 on aggregate)
Lioli 1-1 Likhopo (Lioli won 4-1 on aggregate)

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