Sefali out till February

Sefali out till February

MASERU – In-form Bantu winger Tšepang Sefali has been ruled out of action until at least February with a broken collarbone.
The injury is a major setback for the Mafeteng giants and Sefali who was beginning to catch fire for ‘A Matšo Matebele’.

Sefali suffered the injury during Bantu’s 2-0 win over Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) in the Econet Premier League on Sunday and he was immediately rushed to hospital.
The club confirmed Sefali has broken his collarbone and is expected to be sidelined for at least three months.
Sefali arrived in Mafeteng at the beginning of this season and has been a revelation for Bantu.

Not only has he used his pace and skill to create goalscoring chances for his teammates, he has been in form in front of goals.
Two weeks ago Sefali came off the bench against Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) and scored twice to inspire Bantu to a 3-0 victory.

‘A Matšo Matebele’ spokesperson Bokang Phasumane said Sefali was fast becoming an important part of Bantu coach Bob Mafoso’s plans.
The winger has been a valuable weapon for a team that is undefeated this season and has scored a league-leading 21 goals in 10 games.
“(Sefali) has two cracks on his left shoulder; we expect him to be out until February or March and he is still under the doctors’ supervision,” Phasumane told thepost.

“It is really unfortunate because Sefali is new to Bantu. He was starting to know Bantu and the players and now he is injured.”
“He was becoming one of the key players. You will remember he scored two goals against LMPS not so long ago and we won. Even this past weekend he was involved in the penalty (we won) against LCS and he has also been involved in some other goals as well.”

Sefali’s injury is not just a blow for Bantu in their quest to reclaim the Econet Premier League title from Matlama but disturbs them ahead of this weekend’s Independence Cup showpiece.
‘A Matšo Matebele’ have been drawn to face LCS in the semi-finals on Saturday with the winner to face Matlama or Lesotho Defence Force in Sunday’s final.

Bantu, who last won the Independence Cup in 2017, are looking to capture the coveted trophy for the sixth time in the past nine years.
However, the Mafeteng side will have to overcome a growing injury room which, in addition to Sefali, already included Lekhooa Khoete and Thapelo Mokhehle.

Bantu have also been without midfield lynchpin Lindokuhle Phungulwa since the start of the season.
“You can say that this injury has come at a wrong time because we still don’t have Lindo back,” Phasumane said.
“(Phungulwa) has fully recovered from his injury but he will not be involved in any games until January, that’s what the doctors said. We are left with about three (league) games in the first round; he will start playing in January.”

Tlalane Phahla


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