Rampant Bantu clobbers Lifofane

Rampant Bantu clobbers Lifofane

MASERU – Bantu moved to the top of the Econet Premier League, at least for 24 hours, after a thunderous 4-0 thumping of newly-promoted Lifofane on Wednesday at Setsoto Stadium.
The win extended the Mafeteng side’s perfect start to four wins from four games.

More importantly, Bantu’s points tally increased to 12 and they leapfrog to the summit of the league thanks to Lesotho Correctional Service’s (LCS) surprise 1-0 defeat to Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) on the same afternoon.

Champions Matlama could overtake Bantu if they beat Lijabatho this afternoon.
However, for now Bantu are top of the pile and ‘A Matšo Matebele’ head coach Bob Mafoso declared himself delighted with his side’s four-star showing.
“I am happy with the three points, on top of it we scored four goals,” Mafoso told thepost after his team’s win.
“It is the first time we score more than two goals without conceding, so it is positive. I think we created a lot of chance but we are improving on daily basis.”

Lifofane’s massacre started early when midfielder Hlompho Kalake made it 1-0 within the game’s first 10 minutes.
Lazola Jokojokwane then doubled Bantu’s lead 20 minutes later to give ‘A Matšo Matebele’ total control of the game. In the second half new additions Tšoanelo Koetle and Tšepang Sefali got themselves on the score-sheet to round off a perfect day for the Mafeteng giants.
After narrowly missing out on the title last season, Bantu are once again expected to go toe-to-toe with Matlama for the championship.

Both contenders are behind in games played because of the national team’s recent involvement in the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers and both will have to play a handful of midweek games to catch-up.
Lifofane had impressed a lot of people with their start to the season and they went into Wednesday’s game on a run of three wins in a row.
However, the Econet Premiership new boys were no match for a hungry and slick Bantu team who took care of business on bright afternoon at Setsoto.

Afterwards Mafoso heaped praise on new signing Sefali who notched his first goal for Bantu after joining the club last month.
“We put Tšepang under pressure, he made his debut for us on (a) Saturday after being signed on Friday night, the expectations have always been high,” Mafoso said.
“His game (until today) wasn’t too bad but he was hard on himself because he knows he can do better. Against Lioli we gave him a chance.
It was a big game (and) he struggled but we believe in him that is why he is still playing. Today he even got a goal, people have to be patient with him because he is a good player,” Mafoso said.

Bantu will be in action on Saturday against Linare. Mafoso said it is another challenge for ‘A Matšo Matebele’ to go secure three points and his players will need to rest because he needs fresh legs for the tie.
“We have to rest, we must have fresh players for Linare, that is our biggest challenge, they didn’t play during the week, they last played on the weekend and not well,” Mafoso said.

“Besides the tactics we have to make sure everybody is on the same level physically. Those that weren’t playing (today) have already started to train and be on the same level,” he added.
In the other Econet Premier League game played on Wednesday, LMPS beat LCS 1-0 courtesy of Roboama Koloti’s solitary goal in a hard-fought encounter at LCS Ground.

Tlalane Phahla


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