LMPS cruises past Sefotha-fotha

LMPS cruises past Sefotha-fotha

MASERU – LESOTHO Mounted Police Service (LMPS) registered a 2-1 victory over Sefotha-fotha on Wednesday in an Econet Premier League match played at Police Training College (PTC) thanks to goals from Liteboho Tsakoa and Roboama Koloti.  The win moves LMPS into a coveted top four spot in the league.
The ‘Semunye’ grabbed the lead in the 24th minute from fine header by Tsakoa as the early pressure they piled on Sefotha-fotha finally paid off.

However, LMPS’s lead did not last long as Sefotha-fotha equalised seven minutes later to tie the game at 1-1 before half time.
The second half started with the home team seeing lot of possession but unable to break the deadlock.
‘Semunye’ were then reduced to 10 men as Tanki Polokoane got his matching orders for a reckless foul on Sefotha-fotha substitute Kamohelo Kotelo whose afternoon was ended by Polokoane’s tackle.
However, despite their numerical advantage, Sefotha-fotha still did not pose any danger to LMPS who won a decisive penalty in the dying moments that was calmly put away by Koloti to help ‘Semunye’ grab all three points.

LMPS head coach Teele Ntšonyana said the game was one they had to win regardless of the performance because it brings them closer to where they want to be.
“It is one of the games that we thought would be difficult, the brand of football we are trying to play needs a playable pitch so we knew we might have a slight problem,” Ntšonyana said.
“It is a game we wanted to win because it gets us closer to where we are aiming to be. We had to win it; we didn’t have to win playing well we just had to win with everything we have. I can’t explain how happy I am that we have won. Playing teams like this you don’t know what you are preparing for, it is not always easy playing clubs like this one,” he added.

Ntšonyana also addressed the behaviour of his players after LMPS received their second red card of the season. He said his players need to be professional and maintain good discipline at all times.
“We are always addressing that our players have to be professional, we are pushing that but from where they come from it is a mammoth task for us as coaches to be successful, it takes too much. It takes the entire team from management, technical team and the players, it is our responsibility for all of us to focus on our job which is to play and leave the rest to the referees,” Ntšonyana said.

“I don’t condone ill-discipline at all but I am not sure if it should have been a red card, I thought both players were contesting for the ball with a little bit of violence. Maybe my player had more on that, (but) I am not too sure if it is a red card,” added the ‘Semunye’ coach.  LMPS are back in action on Saturday against Lioli while log leaders Bantu take on Lijabatho.

Tlalane Phahla

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