BY REITUMETSE MABALEHA
Maseru– After narrowly winning their match, Bantu are hoping that Matlama can drop some points, so that they close up the gap. The title race nears the end; the battle becomes more interesting and title fight tighter.
Bantu battled with LCS at Setsoto Stadium. This was one of the toughest games of this weekend. These teams are on second and third respectively.
The match kicked off at three o’clock in the afternoon. From the beginning, there was a battle on the midfield. LCS seemed to be dominant, because most of their opponents made rough tackles. That was clearly working for LCS; they were pressing more when going forward.
On one hand, Thabo Seakhoa made runs on the flank, and he was passing through Thabo Molapo. He was faster and dribbled his way past Molapo in almost every chance he got. Very fortunately for Bantu, Mkhwanazi and Ntsane Lichaba, the keeper, were on their best. Lichaba made a couple of match-saving saves that came from Molapo’s flank.
On the other hand, Lazola was on his best too. He created chances that they did not convert, until they went to the half time break.
The second half was a different story. Bantu took out Tsietsi Motseare and introduced Lehlohonolo Fothoane. This appeared to have boosted the morale of the team, because they became tighter in the middle of the park. His services up front were more helpful.
However, LCS continued to dominate. Tale missed quite obvious chances, and so did Malane. They created many chances compared to those of Bantu.
Things changed on the 77th minute when Bantu took the lead courtesy Hlompho Kalake. LCS’s defence failed to clear the ball completely. He shot a screamer that beat Ketsekile to put his team behind.
Only a few minutes later, Kalake almost completed a brace, but was denied by a post. Bantu tried to double their lead, but could not play past Ketsekile’s area. LCS did their best too. They wanted to level things up but they failed. The winning coach said that the league is Matlama’s to lose. “What is left of us is to win our remaining games and hope that Matlama drop some points. We are taking it one game at a time”, the head coach of Bantu, James Madidilane explained.
One nil is how it ended.